Three men have been jailed for a total of close to 40 years for their involvement in several armed robberies in Morecambe.
Dean Halliwell, 29 and Andrew Kelly, 33, both of Westminster Road, Morecambe, as well as Alan White, 41, of Euston Road, Morecambe, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday (May 8).
The trio were arrested earlier this year following three armed robberies in February.
Around 9pm on February 14, two masked men carrying a gun and hammer entered the Bet Fred bookmakers in Euston Road. The pair threatened staff members taking cash from the till and safe before making off from the scene.
At 6.50pm on February 17 two masked men entered the Supersaver store in Alexandra Road. One of the men was carrying a gun and the pair threatened a staff member, taking cash from the till.
Two days later, around 9pm, two men raided the Vittles store in Green Street. The pair were wearing masks, with one of the men carrying a hand gun. One of the offenders pointed a gun to a staff member’s head while taking cash from the till. The second man took a quantity of cigarettes.
Police quickly launched a major investigation linking the three crimes.
Halliwell, White and Kelly were later arrested with evidence recovered linking them to the robberies.
They were later charged, with Halliwell admitting to the Betfred and Supersavers robberies, White to the offences at Betfred and Vittles and Kelly pleading guilty to the Supersavers raid.
Halliwell and White were jailed for 15 years, with Kelly sentenced to eight years in prison.