Crime gang used stolen cars in raid

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AN organised crime gang that used a stolen car from Wigan in a ram raid robbery at a jewellery store are today behind bars.

Michael Faux of Burlington Road, Eccles, Paul Frater of Hendon Road, Manchester, Lee Sowe, of Kinver Road, Moston, and Jamie Upton of Hill Lane, Manchester, received custodial sentences at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

The four used three stolen vehicles – including an Audi A4 taken from Mosley Common Road in Wigan, in a raid on an Ashton-under-Lyne jewellery store in October 2013.

Having parked the cars outside, a Land Rover was driven through the window and four masked men burst into the store armed with a claw hammer.

One was arrested as they fled from police and the remaining three were captured later.

Det Con Matthew Donnelly said: “These men are prominent members of a notorious organised crime group we had been tracking for some time.

“When you factor in the fact they rammed three police cars in a futile bid to escape, you can see just how little regard for the lives of other people these criminals have. They only care about one thing – money.”

Faux received six years eight months, Frater six years while Sowe and Upton received 10 years with a further five on licence.