Three men who were caught red-handed during an attempted armed robbery on an Altrincham shop have been jailed for a total of 34 years.
Andre Chevelleau, Paul Sheridan and Luke Enright were placed under surveillance after a crime spree involving raids on shops, bookies and pubs across Trafford.
And on January 6th earlier this year, police moved in just as they were carrying out a violent robbery on a Nisa store on Seamons Road in Oldfield Brow.
Sheridan, wearing a mask with eye holes, threatened staff with a large knife while Chevelleau, also armed with a knife, carried a large red bag ready to swipe valuables from the store.
As Enright stood at the entrance acting as a look-out, his two fellow gang members repeatedly tried to assault one member of staff who suffered a cut to his head after falling onto a shelf.
Police managed to interrupt the robbery before it went any further. One of the men required hospital treatment after being bit in the face by a police dog, while another was tasered after threatening an officer with a machete.
The men were also suspected of carrying a midnight raid on McDonald’s at the Altrincham Retail Park the previous day.
During that incident, three knife-wielding men wearing masks and gloves had burst into the 24-hour restaurant in Broadheath, stealing three tills and driving off in a black Toyota Yaris.
The trio were also suspected of raids on BetFred in Sale, William Hill in Flixton, The Moss Vale Pub in Davyhulme, Co-op in Flixton, Partington Post Office, One Stop in Stretford and Cash Generators in Stretford, with over £10,000 stolen during the spree.
Sheridan, 46, of Oak Road in Partington, and Chevelleau, 39, of no fixed abode but originally from Stretford, were jailed for 14 and 10 years respectively after admitting attempted robbery, assault, possessing a knife and conspiracy to rob at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.
Enright, 36, of no fixed abode but with links to Urmston, was also jailed for 10 years after he also admitted attempted robbery.