A gang of robbers who terrorised a family in Boggart Lane, Sowerby Bridge, dressed as police officers have been jailed.
Anjam Ahmed, Paul Thomas and Kelvin Raymond duped innocent householders into believing they were genuine police officers so they could carry out a string of raids across West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester last year.
They dressed in body armour, latex gloves and handcuffs and carried walkie-talkies and police warrant cards. They told the man they were from Humberside Police and had a search warrant, there to look for money. The father and son were handcuffed as the men stole ligitimately-owned firearms along with 1,200 rounds of ammunition on July 3, at 4.35pm.
In a seperate robbery at Springdale Street, Thornton Lodge, Huddersfield, on April 26 the men dressed in plain clothes but wearing a stab vest with police logo, handcuffs and radio escaped with jewellery worth £14,000 and £3,000 in cash.
Manchester Crown Court heard they netted thousands in cash and gold, a luxury car and 12 legally held guns, now in the criminal underworld.
Ahmed, 45, of Red Doles Road, Fartown, Huddersfield, who has 126 previous offences, has been jailed for ten years and nine months. Thomas, 35, of Albert Avenue, Urmston, has been jailed for nine years and Raymond, 29, of Nesfield Road, Northern Moor, who also admitted an inconnected robbery in which a young woman was badly beaten in Openshaw last year, and breaching a suspended sentence for dangerous driving, has been jailed for ten years and six weeks.
Detective Constable Roy Storey of Greater Manchester Police said: “The streets of Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire are now much safer with these persistent criminals locked up, and that is testament to the hard work of the officers.”