BOURTON: Video footage of post office ram-raid

DRAMATIC footage has captured thieves attempting to use a car to smash through the front of Bourton on the Water Post Office.

The gang who committed the burglary were jailed at Bristol Crown Court yesterday.

CCTV shows a group of thieves using a silver pickup truck to ram-raid the small business.

The footage shows them making a number of attempts to reverse the car into the front of the shop:

 

All from Cheltenham, the gang members carried out burglaries across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire between August 2019 and February 2020.

The ram raid on Bourton on the Water Post Office took place on August 29, 2019.

A Volkswagen Golf, valued at £28,000, was stolen from Havenhill Road, Tetbury, on the same day.

The six men sentenced at the end of a three-day hearing were: David Benyon, 32, of Dinas Road, Josh Brammer, 26, of Clarke Way, Sonny Curran, 32, of Clevedon Square, Jason Hawkins, 28, of Shurdington Road, Ryan McCormick, 35, of Clyde Crescent and Max Smith, 28, of Ruby Avenue, Bishops Cleeve.

At the hearing, Judge Michael Cullum commended Acting Sergeant Kirsty Iliffe, DC Mark Johnson and an anonymous civilian, for their work investigating.

Prosecutor Robin Shellard said: “The estimated cost of the offending is £616,650. This is made up of the loss of items £508,000 and the damage caused to property amounted to £107,000.

“These figures do not include business interruption costs. One of the burglaries was of a Post Office which suffered a loss of income of £50,000 due to the damage done.

“For some victims the loss was too much to bear and they went out of business.”

Beynon was sentenced to eight years and four months; Curran received a prison term of seven years and six months; Brammer and Smith were jailed for seven years while McCormick received a sentence of seven years and four months.

Hawkins was sentenced to one year and one month and was told that because of time served on remand he would be immediately released.

Judge Michael Cullum told the defendants: “The headline figure is over half a million pounds loss of personal property and your actions have caused over £100,000 worth of damage.

“These figures do not properly describe the misery you have caused to the home and business owners. 

“You have chosen serious and organised crime as your career to date.

“These were not burglaries without a victim. You nearly destroyed Bourton on the Water Post Office in the process and the family living above the shop.”

All defendants will face a proceeds of crime hearing on July 13 when the court will assess what assets they have that can be confiscated. Some will also face criminal prevention order proceedings.

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