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22 December 2010, 16:35
Two men from Norfolk have today been sentenced to a total of more than 13 years imprisonment after carrying out two armed robberies in Suffolk in August 2010.
On the evening of Monday 9th August Adam and Michael Bloy entered Lavenham Co-Op on the High Street in the village armed with knives, and stole cash. Then on the evening of Friday 13th August they stole cash from the McDonald’s restaurant on Northern Road in Sudbury, again armed with knives.
Both brothers were arrested in Sudbury on Saturday 14th August and were charged and remanded in custody.
24-year-old Adam Bloy from Woodwark Avenue in King’s Lynn, and 26-year-old Michael Bloy from Springvale, Gayton, King’s Lynn pleaded guilty to both robberies earlier this month. Today at Ipswich Crown Court they were sentenced to six years and eight months in prison each.
Detective Inspector David Giles said, “The brothers caused fear in two Suffolk communities, threatening staff in a rural shop and a popular restaurant with knives and escaping with cash. Those members of staff, some of whom were assaulted during the incidents were extremely brave when faced with masked, armed intruders who had come from outside Suffolk to commit crime.
"The help we received from members of the public following an appeal after the Sudbury robbery led to their swift arrests. I would like to thank the media, those people who contacted us, and the officers who put in a lot of hard work to bring the Bloys to justice and help local people after these incidents.
"Both Adam and Michael Bloy have been remanded in custody since they were charged due to the serious nature of their crimes and the threat they pose to others, and today's sentence which keeps them in custody for the next few years is reflective of this."