Seven members of a robbery gang who targeted travel agencies with often violent attacks have been sentenced to 54 years imprisonment between them.


The seven were part of 14-strong group which committed 32 robberies in London and the Home Counties in the first half of 2006. A total of 22 of the attacks were on travel agencies with bureau de change facilities.


The gang members, who were often violent and even used stun guns, were only caught after the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad was alerted to the spree and set up a surveillance operation.


DC Dan Williams said: “This was a persistent and organised group of armed robbers who carefully planned and targeted their crimes. I am pleased the courts have recognised the seriousness of these crimes with the significant sentences they have passed.”


Five other members of the gang were found guilty of conspiracy to rob at a separate hearing at Kingston Crown Court on July 21 and three pleaded guilty at previous hearings.


They appeared at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday, December 18 where six were each sentenced for conspiracy to rob.


Nicholas Jojo Steele from Charlwood House, Brixton received 12 years.


Ryan Sacha Brown from Grinstede Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex was jailed for nine years and nine months for conspiracy to rob.


Keith Alphonso Walker of no fixed abode was given seven and a half years.


Edmund Brown from Coates Close in Thornton Heath got seven years.


Peter Awoyejo from Woodmansterne Road, Streatham, received six years.


Joel Daley of no fixed abode  received four and a half years.


Denzil Simms from Cornwall Square, Kennington was sentenced to seven and a half years for three counts of robbery.