ARMED ROBBERS who targeted post offices in Greenfield and Diggle as part of a spate of attacks across Greater Manchester have been jailed.
Peter Dentith, 37, and Yan Tingle, 36, admitted their part in a violent robbery in Greenfield on November 5, 2013 when they burst in carrying an axe and a pistol.
The gun was pointed at the frightened postmistress Mandy Gorey before the two men stole cash and escaped on a motorcycle after being spotted by a customer outside.
The pair also admitted they robbed the post office in Diggle on March 25, 2014 when they threatened to shoot postmaster Paul Borg before they escaped with just £100.
The robberies were among fourteen similar attacks on small business premises across Greater Manchester over a seven-month period between November 2013 and May 2014.
Dentith pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery and was sentenced to six years and four months while Tingle pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and was sentenced to six years and four months.
Three other members of the gang were sentenced for their varying roles in the robberies at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Paul Otis Turner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery encompassing seven different robberies and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
David Connor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery encompassing seven different robberies and was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison.
Rebecca Kelly pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and was given a 12 month suspended sentence.
Speaking after the sentencing, Greenfield Post Office postmistress Mandy, 51, said: “This attack made my life a living hell.
“Looking back, I just don’t know how I kept my cool during the raid itself, but I was determined not to show the robbers just how frightened I really was.
“I was not or able to sleep for months after the attack. I kept getting flashbacks. It’s had a devastating impact on me and my family.
“I’d like to thank the police for all their hard work in bringing this case to justice.”
Diggle Post Office postmaster Paul, 36, commented: “I am glad they have been caught. I thought I was going to die.
“He held the gun to my head and began to count off the seconds. They were the longest seconds of my life – but I didn’t have time to be scared.
“The safe and premises have a load of timers and I told them nothing could be opened – so they just grabbed some coins and made off on a motorbike.”