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Three men have been jailed for more than 17 years for a series of robberies at bookmakers across Kent.
Jack Hennessy, 27, of Pollyfield Close, Snodland, Keith Hodgson, 32, of Holborough Road, Snodland, and Peter Taylor, 21, of no fixed address, were all sentenced on Thursday at Maidstone Crown Court.
Hennessy and Hodgson worked together in some of the crimes, also robbing a Post Office and a jewellers in Ramsgate in less than a month. They were also responsible for the car-jacking robbery of a car in a Rochester car park.
Hennessy admitted eight offences put to the court, including:
Taylor, Hennessy and Hodgson were all responsible for a Post Office robbery on December 2. Wearing masks they entered the Grafty Green post office at 11.50am, demanding money from the cashier. She was unable to open the till and the men made off with alcohol and cigarettes.
Hennessy and Hodgson then went on a stealing spree, committing four more offences including:
The pair were arrested on December 11 after the stolen Seat was stopped in Pollyfield Close, Snodland. It was showing false number plates. The driver, Hodgson, made off from police. The passenger, Hennessy, was stopped by the patrol. Hodgson, was located nearby and arrested.
Hennessy was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob, with two years to run concurrently for possession of a bladed article, from the attempted robbery of the jewelers in Ramsgate.
Hodgson pleaded guilty to six offences. He received six years and eight months imprisonment for conspiracy to rob, with two years to run concurrently for possession of a bladed article.
Peter Taylor pleaded guilty to robberyin relation to the Grafty Green Post Office offence.
He received 40 months imprisonment, to run consecutively to the 4 and a half year sentence he is already serving.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Helen King said: "These men were responsible for a string of serious and violent offences which left some of the victims extremely shaken and, in one case, hospitalised.
"Using a combination of CCTV footage, mobile phone records and forensics we were able to link the two main offenders to their crimes. The men have all received significant custodial sentences and I hope the victims of these awful crimes feel that justice has been served," she added.
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