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Two men jailed over robberies in Cornish villages

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:54pm 15th January 2018. (Updated at 6:45am 16th January 2018)

Two men start have begun long prison sentences after robberies in two Cornish villages.

A court heard the pair held up stores at Four Lanes and Stithians on a quiet Sunday afternoon, leaving staff terrified.

Armed police were called back in November, after the men, wearing balaclavas, stormed two shops within the space of an hour.

No-one was hurt but cash was stolen, sparking a huge search involving the police helicopter and sniffer dogs.

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31-year-old Matthew Carroll from Camborne and 40-year-old Rory Jeffrey from Tuckingmill were charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of carrying a fake firearm.

Both appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday, after pleading guilty at a hearing back in December.

They were sentenced to 10 years and eight months each, with Judge Robert Linford commenting that the offences "cried out" for a deterrent sentence.

Cornwall Live reports that the judge said: "At 2.10pm on November 26 Tina Chadwick was at work at Four Lanes Post Office when you two went to the store both wearing balaclavas, one of you carrying what looked like a real handgun.

"The gun was pointed directly at her and it was demanded that she open the till. At first Ms Chadwick thought it was some kind of prank.

"Terrified and shaking she opened the drawer and handed the money over. You placed it in a bag, pausing only to grab alcohol as you left the shop.

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"You both then drove to Stithians Spar shop, where Jack Reeves was working.

"At about 2.20pm one of you pointed the gun at the shopkeeper. Again, you put the money from the till in the bag and fled before a car belonging to Mr Jeffrey was found burnt-out nearby.

"Each of you have bad records, but both have been out of trouble for four years and offences committed in the past are nothing in the league of this".

You can read more at Cornwall Live here.

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