A gang that wore Islamic burkas to mask themselves during armed raids across Manchester has been jailed.
Breitbart reports that over a twelve-month period from June 2015, they stole £206,000 worth of gems and £76,000 from an Aldi supermarket, where they attacked a member of the public with a machete.
The judge praised Mark Cooper, a brave customer who tripped and tried to apprehend one of the men and said he should receive a reward.
Martin Reid, for the prosecution explained how Cooper “heard screaming and shouting and saw a man in a burka running away from the supermarket towards him.”
“Mr. Cooper quickly realised what was happening and started running after him and tripped the male up. The male fell to the floor, face down and Mr. Cooper jumped on his back and struggled with him. Two other men, both wearing burkas, then ran towards them carrying machetes,” Reid said.
“One of the males hit Mr. Cooper on the left shin with the blade of the machete and shouted ‘F*cking let him go’,” he added.
“These robberies were designed to strike fear in the hearts and minds of the victims. All of your victims will be affected by what they experienced and some suffered physical and psychological harm,” Judge Tony Cross said.
“This was offending which was carefully planned. In the case of the Aldi robberies you knew that significant amounts of money would have been on the premises and you knew full well that when you struck there would be members of the public present in the shops, some with young children,” he added.
Two 30-year-old gang leaders Christopher Ryder and Michael Gabriel received 22 and 21 years in jail. The gang of five received 87 years’ imprisonment total.