Fake UK police gang imprisoned over robberies

Fake UK police gang imprisoned over robberies
# 14 December 2013 22:21 (UTC +04:00)

The thugs were sentenced on Friday at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. They targeted homes and jewelers in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Lancashire between March and April last year.

The bogus officers wore police uniforms and used fake IDs to make their way into people's homes. The four men claimed they were executing official search warrants before beating and restraining their victims by handcuffs or cable ties, and subsequently taking their jewelry and cash.

They even kidnapped one of their victims and sexually harassed him with the barrel of a shotgun in a bid to get him to call his friends and ask for more money.

Eventually, the man’s head was covered in a pillowcase and he was freed. His home was set on fire the following day.

“These men went to great lengths to obtain fake police uniforms and warrant cards. When they knocked on their victims' doors, they were so convincing those they targeted genuinely believed they were in trouble and the police had come to arrest them,” Detective Inspector Alan Robertson said.

Richard Clancy, 27, from Little Hulton, was sentenced to 13 and half years in prison for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and two burglaries.

Matthew Cheston, 31, from Warrington, was given a 12-year sentence for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and two burglaries.

Mark Worthington-Breen, 22, from Little Hulton, was sentenced to 11 and a half years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to commit arson endangering life.

Connor Smith-Macphee, 20, from Salford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and two offences of possessing a prohibited firearm, and was sentenced to nine years in jail.

“The defendants were involved in a highly organized, violent and lucrative conspiracy,” Elisa Hopley, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said.

She added, "I would like to thank the victims who have shown great courage in coming forward and supporting the prosecution case."

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