Armed robbers jailed for raiding Longridge family home

28/10/2016

Four men have been sentenced to a total of 56 and a half years imprisonment at Preston Crown Court for carrying out an armed robbery at a family home in Longridge, Preston on 11th February 2014.

Upon their release from prison all four men will be subject to Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO) for 5 years.

The gang burst into the house shortly after 4.30pm when the homeowner and her two young sons were at home. They demanded access to two safes, threatened them with knives and a sledge hammer and tied them up with dressing gown cords before barricading them in the bathroom whilst they raided the house. They made off with fourteen firearms, ammunition, cash, jewellery and personal documents.

Claire Hilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for North West CPS said: "This ruthless organised crime gang have been jailed for significant lengths of time for carrying out a deplorable attack on a mother and two young children within their family home. 

"Scott Peters had prior knowledge of the layout of the house and the contents of the two safes whilst Michael White recruited the other conspirators; Tom Yeung and Jake Smith.  The gang travelled to the house in a two car convoy, one from Liverpool and the other from Preston.

"Guns are a coveted and extremely valuable commodity with organised crime gangs.  This gang were more than prepared to use violence as they terrorized the family in order to get what they wanted.  Both of the boys were grabbed, the mother had a knife held to her throat, and was punched and hit around the head.  They were all then tied up with dressing gown cords and barricaded in the bathroom with a wardrobe in order for the gang to have free rein to raid the house.

"This was a traumatic ordeal for the family, the mother genuinely feared for hers and her son's lives. The defendants showed utter disregard for the long lasting consequences this robbery would have on her and her young children in order to satisfy their greed.  I sincerely hope that these sentences bring them a sense of justice, enabling them to move on with their lives.

"Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure within their own homes and the Crown Prosecution Service is dedicated towards bringing organised crime gangs to justice.  We will continue to work with the police and other agencies to build strong prosecution cases and bring those responsible for committing such offences before the courts."

Individual sentences:

  • Scott Peters was sentenced to 13 and a half years imprisonment
  • Tom Yeung was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment with an extended licence period of 2 years
  • Michael White was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with an extended licence period of 4 years
  • Jake Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 15 years

The gang were also sentenced at the same time to additional terms of imprisonment for offences outside the North West.