Jewellery heist gang ordered to pay back £250k

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A gang behind a £250,000 jewellery heist in a Lancashire hotel car park has been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds of criminal gains.

High value jewellery belonging to a Hong Kong firm was stolen from two sales reps in their 20s, who had stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Reedfield Place, Bamber Bridge, on business on September 30, 2013.

Lee Dunn, 44, of Monsall Drive, Macclesfield, became the first person extradited to the UK from Croatia after he fled.

Judge Heather Lloyd, at Preston Crown Court, ordered him to pay £38,000 of realisable assets, which includes his home.

She added: “In the cases of Dunn and Flanagan there will be 18 months to serve if there is a failure to pay within three months, and three months for the other defendants.”

Shaun Flanagan, 58, of Charlestown Road, Manchester, must pay £38,000 of assets, which includes his home, while Michael Lewis, 27, of Shaftesbury Gardens, Urmston, must pay £4,283 - the value of his van.

James Jarvis, 42, of Donnison Street, Manchester, must pay £3,880 which includes cash and his car, and Nicola Evans, 43, of Church Street, Stretford, Manchester, who helped Dunn flee, must pay £2,710.