VIDEO: Jailed burglary gang's crime spree spanned into Derbyshire

Eleven men who went on a burglary spree across the North West and East Midlands - including Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith - have been jailed for a total of 55 years.

Saturday, 27th February 2016, 8:40 am
Updated Saturday, 27th February 2016, 9:15 am

All eleven pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at an earlier hearing.

And on Friday, February 26, they were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.

Between 6 June and 30 July 2015 the group committed 15 burglaries across the North West, including one in Glossop and an attempted burglary in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

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On June 7 they stole a Mini Countryman car from a property in Bramhall and on July 15 they stole a Black VW Golf from a property Crescent Road, Portwood, Stockport.

The group then used the cars to transport them in their burglary spree, which spanned across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

On June 7 they targeted the Co-op on Pennine Road Glossop and stole cigarettes.

On June 18 they unsuccessfully tried to break into the Co-op on Eccles Road, Chapel.

In some instances the group used heavy duty equipment, such as angle grinders and sledge-hammers, to force their way into premises, which were mainly shops, where they stole alcohol and cigarettes.

ATM machines were also targeted at premises such as banks and off-licenses, where Stihl saws were used to cut through the lock and back doors to the machines.

In total they stole over £100,000 of cash and goods and caused approximately £52,000 worth of damage to the premises they burgled.

Constable Richard McCorry, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “This group organised and orchestrated a burglary spree that spanned across the North West.

“They were so determined that they used sledge-hammers to smash their way in to some shops and showed absolutely no signs of stopping.

“I hope these sentences show the lengths we will go to, to stop organised criminals from blighting our communities and damaging people’s lives and businesses.”

David Matthews, 29, of Taylors Road, Stretford, was jailed for five years six months.

Shaun James, 28, of Malham Court, Stockport, was jailed for five years.

Liam McCormack, 30, of Trent Close, Stockport, was jailed for three years six months.

Leon Whalley, 30, of Rowsley Road, Stretford, was jailed for five years.

Stefan Moores, 26, of Northumberland Road, Stockport was jailed for four years six months.

Paul Williams, 40, of Windermere Road, Leigh, was jailed for four years four months.

Konor Cosgrove, 24, of Greenwood Gardens, Bredbury, was jailed for five years.

Aaron Maguire, 24, of Northgate Road, Edgley, was jailed for five years.

Ryan Hamilton, 24, of Bradshaw Lane, Stretford, was jailed for five years.

Nathan Bellfield, 23, of Robinson Street, Edgeley, was jailed for five years.

Phillip Clarke, 28, of Lymm Close, Bridgehall, was jailed for five years six months.