Cheadle armed gang sentenced

Five members of a gang plotting to commit armed robberies across Greater Manchester have today been jailed.

They were sentenced today, Tuesday 24 July 2012, at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Michael Boreman 44, of Hurley Drive, Cheadle pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to rob, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a section five firearm and possession of a firearm while prohibited. Today he was sentenced to an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection. He has been ordered to serve a minimum of five years.

Daryl-Lyn Thurling 47, of Hurley Drive, Cheadle was found guilty of conspiracy to rob following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court. She was sentenced to six years in prison.

Dennis Higgins 39, of Barnsley Street, Offerton pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to rob, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a section five firearm and possession of a firearm while prohibited. Today he was sentenced to an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection. He has been ordered to serve a minimum of five years.

Boreman and Higgins will also be issued with Serious Crime Prevention Orders upon their release from prison.

Steven Keogh 48, of Batchelor Close, Chorlton pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to rob, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a section five firearm. He was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison.

Martin Bain 41, of Lundy Avenue, Chorlton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a section five firearm. He was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison.

Officers from GMP’s Force Robbery Unit carried out an investigation over a number of months into business robberies across the Greater Manchester area.

This culminated early on the morning of Tuesday 30 August 2011, when officers from GMP Tactical Firearms Unit carried out a strike on a Ford Mondeo car parked outside the B & Q superstore at Trafford Park.

Inside the car were four members of a gang – Michael Boreman, Dennis Higgins, Martin Bain and Steven Keogh – who were planning to carry out an armed robbery at the store that morning.

The four men were arrested and found to be armed with a shotgun, gas powered firearm and a knife, as well as having gloves and balaclavas in the car.

Their accomplice, Darryl-Lyn Thurling, was arrested by police later that day.

Members of the group had been observed carrying out numerous trips to the B & Q store in the lead up to the planned robbery and further forensic analysis also linked Thurling to the plot as her DNA was found on cotton that had been used to stitch up the balaclavas.

Detective Inspector Rob Cousen from GMP’s Robbery Unit said: “This group of criminals spent a long time doing their homework, as they carried out meticulous planning and made numerous trips to premises they planned to rob.

“Thankfully though, this dangerous armed gang were stopped in their tracks by police and today they have been put behind bars for their actions. Any robbery is a serious offence, but robberies where weapons and in particular guns are used to threaten people, are terrifying experiences for those who are unfortunate enough to fall victim to them.