Jailed machete gang ordered to pay back cash

Brookfield News and Convenience store on Watling Street Road
Brookfield News and Convenience store on Watling Street Road
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A gang of armed robbers who carried out security van robberies across Lancashire have been ordered to pay back their ill-gotten gains.

The Manchester based criminals, who netted £285,000 in raids in Preston, Lancaster, Cleveleys and across the country were jailed for a total of 58 years last February after a two-year crime spree.

Lee Seddon

Lee Seddon

Armed with machetes and axes they targeted cash-in-transit vans carrying bundles of money for ATM machines.

Ringleader Lee Seddon went on the run after a £70,000 raid at an off-licence in Langcliffe Road, Brookfield, Preston, in June 2013 but was captured after a van he was driving at 80mph was chased by Greater Manchester Police’s intercept team and the force helicopter.

On October 10, 2013, members of the gang made off with £52,000 when they stole four boxes from an ATM at Santander, on Victoria Road West, in Cleveleys, using a weapon to threaten security guards and a circular saw to gain access to the cash machine.

In a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Preston Crown Court, Seddon, 37, of Snow Hill Road, Bolton, who is serving 13 years and two months, was found to have benefited by £40,828.30 but only had £1,952 of assets, including his car, to pay back.

Michael Bond

Michael Bond

Accomplice Stephen Farrell, 35, of Mark Avenue, Salford, benefited by £20,800 but only had £1,681.62 of realisable assets to pay back as he serves a 10-year jail term. Fellow criminals Jordan Wheeldon, 26, of Seaford Road, Salford, is serving five years four months. He was ordered to pay back a token sum of £1 - despite benefiting by £11,000 as was Michael Bond, 32, of Gorsey Avenue, Wythenshawe, who benefited by £17,000.

But both were warned the authorities could come after their assets at a later date.

Det Sgt Mark Riley, of Lancashire Police, said: 
“After a successful prosecution, a financial investigation has realised their benefits and they’ve been pursued and punished further.”

Another defendant, Philip Fisher, Phillip Fisher, 32, of Bolton will face similar proceedings on September 20.

Stephen Farrell

Stephen Farrell

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