Man jailed for role in £100,000 burglary spree

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A MAN has been jailed for his part in a burglary spree.

Paul Williams, of Windermere Road, Leigh, is one of 11 men who were jailed for a total of 55 years at Manchester Crown Court today, Friday.

All 11 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at an earlier hearing after committing 15 burglaries across the North West between June 6 and July 30.

Williams, 40, was jailed for four years and four months.

On June 7 the group 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.

In some instances the group used using heavy duty equipment, such as angle grinders and sledge-hammers, to force their way into the 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.

Police Constable Richard McCorry 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."

Also jailed today were:

David Matthews, 30, of Taylors Road, Stretford was jailed for five years six months.

Shaun James, 29, 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.

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 six years.

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