Muggers jailed for four-and-a-half years for vicious street robbery

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TWO men have been jailed for four-and-a-half years each after carrying out a vicious street robbery in Bury.

Leon Dearden, aged 31, and Shane Mills, aged 27, both of no fixed address, struck in Ash Street on February 13, when the victim had been out shopping in Bury town centre and withdrew about £200 from the Halifax bank on The Rock.

While walking home, the man spotted Dearden and Mills and ran off, but the pair caught him up.

Dearden grabbed hold of him and demanded he hand over all his valuables.

Mills started to search through the victim’s pockets and, as he resisted, Dearden punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the floor.

Dearden then pulled the man’s jacket over his head and stole it, along with his mobile phone, and a gold chain.

The robbers then ran off towards the BP Garage at the junction with Rochdale Road.

Police were able to track down the pair and they were arrested and charged.

Dearden and Mills both admitted one count of robbery and were sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on Monday.

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