Two brothers who held terrified shop workers at gunpoint during a raid on a newsagent have been put behind bars.
Karl Devlin, 27, and his older brother Stephen, 38, both from Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, burst into the Parmar News shop on Leyland Lane brandishing handguns on New Year’s Eve.
The pair, wearing balaclavas, demanded money from two members of staff as they threatened them at around 6.30pm, before escaping in a getaway vehicle with £340 in cash.
The brothers and a third man, who drove the getaway car, pleaded guilty to offences relating to the incident and were handed prison sentences at Preston Crown Court.
Karl Devlin will be locked up for three years and seven months, Stephen Devlin must serve four years and two months.
Their accomplice, Mustafa Hussain, 31, from William Henry Street, in Preston, was handed a two year and three onth prison sentence.
But Arun Parmar, whose family runs the Leyland store, said the sentences do not feel like justice for his staff, who were left petrified by the incident.
He said: “They were putting people’s lives at risk - it’s as simple as that.
“They deserve to be locked up, but it should have been for longer. My staff still think about it and they’re always on their guard now, they’re very wary, but they are back at work and trying to move on.
“It’s frustrating that things like this can happen. Hopefully it is a one-off.”
He said he had never experienced anything else like it in 20 years of running the shop.