'Car-jacking' thieves have been jailed for stealing £80,000 worth of cigarette using high-powered vehicles.

The three men who stole high-powered cars and used them to carry out targeted commercial robberies of cigarette deliveries have been jailed.

Jeffery Galvin, 29, Andrew Nolan, 35, and Gerard Galvin, 38, had all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and were sentenced to nine, four and seven years imprisonment respectively.

Although the group seldom used violence, their car-jackings and robberies were terrifying for all of their victims who were just going about their daily business. The group were highly organised and stole their cars to ensure a robbery could be carried out as efficiently as possible.

Detective Inspector Tom Dahri, from Hounslow Borough's Crime Squad

The investigation came following separate robberies targeting Palmer and Harvey (P&H) delivery drivers as they delivered cigarettes to venues across the south east of England.

The offences began on 12, March 2015 and the defendants were arrested on April, 29 2015 in Potters Bar.

A total of around £80,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen.

Jeffrey Galvin, 29 of Dorking Court, Hampden lane, Tottenham, London was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for the conspiracy to rob.

Andrew Nolan, 35 of Brookes Place, Barnet Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Gerard Galvin, 28 of Gravel Hill Way, Harwich, Essex was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.