1. ITV Report

Men jailed after Black Country crime spree

CCTV shows one of the men raiding a store in the Black Country Photo: West Midlands Police
CCTV shows one of the men raiding a store in the Black Country Credit: West Midlands Police

Four men have been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash from convenience stores across the Black Country.

Tesco, Spar and Co-op stores and some petrol stations were singled out by the men, who threatened staff and customers before filling collapsible bins, dustbins and pedal bins with the items.

The four men - Andrew Scanlon from Tipton, Stuart Plant from Bradley, Jake Williams from Bilston and Anthony Everitt from Bradley - all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit the robberies on 4 April.

Andrew Scanlon and Stuart Plant Credit: ITV News Central

Scanlon was sentenced to four years. Plant was given six years.

Jake Williams and Anthony Everitt Credit: West Midlands Police

Williams was sentenced to eight years and eight months, Everitt received a seven year and three month sentence.

A fifth man, Gurpreet Binning from Pond Lane in Parkfields, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to handling the goods from the robberies and was sentenced to two years.

West Midlands Police say the conspiracy charges included 22 robbery offences in 2012.