‘Dangerous individuals’ with matching man buns jailed for SPAR armed robbery

A pair of brothers donning man-buns who were armed with shotguns and fired one of them inside a Spar store have been jailed.

Matthew, 41 and Christopher Reece, 36, raided the store in Telford, Shropshire, on October 21, 2021.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that one of the shotguns were fired during the robbery as threats to kill were made towards the store employees.

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A wall was damaged but thankfully, nobody was injured by the lone gunshot.

While the brothers made away with cash and cigarettes, police discovered during an investigation that the pair had planned the robbery by visiting the shop prior to the crime.

On Friday (January 20), the brothers were jailed for 12 years each having been found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Detective Inspector Sean Brennan, from West Mercia Police, said: "Matthew and Christopher Reece are clearly violent and dangerous individuals who went into a busy convenience store first thing on a weekday morning both armed with a shotguns.

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"They threatened customers and staff and caused even more fear by using one of the shotguns; while no one was injured by the gunshot the consequences could have been far worse and those in the store at the time have quite understandably been left traumatised by the robbery.

"I’m pleased with the significant sentence that has been given today and am pleased that the pair are behind bars where they cannot cause more harm to our communities."


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