Three men have been jailed for almost 29 years after a series of robberies across the Midlands.
Gavin Hunt, Christopher Dixon and Jamie Dixon targeted homes with expensive cars and stole several high-powered vehicles over a series of months.
During one burglary a man was hit with a crowbar.
During another Hunt and Christopher Dixon smashed their way into a house in Great Barr and when the nine-year-old son of the homeowner tried to hide behind the sofa, he was grabbed by one of the robbers who held an axe above his head.
Hunt, aged 41, received two sentences of 12 years and 10 months, to run concurrently, for all the robberies.
Jamie Dixon, aged 32, was sentenced to eight years and ten months as a ‘dangerous offender’.
Christopher Dixon, aged 29, was jailed for seven years and three months.
We are satisfied with the sentences handed to these dangerous individuals, and that they will no longer be able to terrorise residents in their homes or people at work for cash and cars. Thankfully, none of the victims were badly hurt in these robberies, but I have no doubt that the gang would have used serious violence to achieve their objectives if they had not got what they wanted."
This article was amended on 24th September to make clear which defendants were involved in the Great Barr robbery.
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