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29 November 2016, 07:07
Two men who robbed two Ladbrokes betting shops in Brighton at gunpoint have been sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.
Jamie Casaletto, 33, of Colgate Close, Brighton, and John Clugston, 27, of Egmont Close, Hove, were sentenced when they appeared in custody at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 18 November, having pleaded guilty to two robberies.
Casaletto was sentenced to 11 years, and will have to serve at least eight years before being eligible to apply for parole. Clugston was sentenced to 14 years, and will have to serve a minimum of ten years.
The first robbery happened on Sunday 7 August at the Ladbrokes branch in The Broadway, Whitehawk, at 9.15pm.
Two men went in and demanded cash from the staff. One of them was armed with a handgun. They escaped with £2,800 from the safe and the tills. No one was hurt.
Then on Tuesday 9 August two men went to the Ladbrokes in St George's Road, Kemptown, at 7.20pm. One was again armed with a handgun and the other had a knife. They demanded cash from the cashier and made off with more than £1,000 cash.
No shots were fired in either incident.
The pair were arrested in Brighton on 10 August following enquiries by local officers and the gun was recovered.
Detective Constable Steve Amner said; "Staff at both shops were out in fear and considerably shaken though unhurt. Thanks to CCTV and our local officers in East Brighton, the pair were swiftly identified and arrested."