Members of one of Greater Manchester’s most prolific cash-in-transit robbery gangs have been jailed for more than 30 years between them.
Dubbed "the wham ram gang" after their tactics, they netted more than a quarter of a million pounds in just six months.
The group meticulously planned and executed a series of ‘terrifying’ armed robberies across the region.
Specially-designed battering ram was used to smash through the internal doors of G4S cash vans.
The court heard the tactic was ‘unique’, and forced G4S bosses to change their tactics and increase the strength of security doors.
Richard ‘Ricky’ Smith, Patrick McDonagh, John Groom and David Dargan have now been jailed for a total of 34 years.
- Smith: jailed for 10 and a half years.Smith, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, two counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery.
- McDonagh: jailed for 10 and a half years, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and two counts of robbery
- Groom: jailed for six and a half years in prison, admitted two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery
- Dargan: jailed for six and a half years in prison, admitted two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery
After the hearing, Susan Taylor, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS, said: “These four men meticulously planned and executed a series of terrifying armed robberies over a six month period in broad daylight.
“They were not deterred by the presence of members of the public, who they were not afraid to use violence against, or the fact that their offences were being captured on camera.
“The CPS worked closely with the police to build a compelling case against each offender including CCTV and telephony evidence, which proved each man’s involvement in the planning and commission of the robberies and left them with no other option than to plead guilty to all offences.”