Two men sentenced for Glossop armed robbery after social media brag
Tuesday 27th February 2018 @ 16:22 by Tom Greggan
Crime Glossop Chronicle News

Two men from Tameside have been jailed for more than a combined 30 years after robbing a Co-op Travel shop in Glossop, armed with machetes.

The pair denied the offence in court despite bragging about their crimes on social media, with images of them drinking champagne in a hot tub.

However, Karl Taylor (right), 40, from Hyde was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 14 years. His accomplice, 41-year-old Stephen Pattison (left), from Stalybridge, was given a 15-year sentence. He won’t be eligible for release until 2030.

The pair walked into the travel agents on High Street West at around 1pm on July 29th 2016, threatening and assaulting staff while members of the public were inside booking holidays.

They stole a large amount of cash before fleeing, but were captured after a joint operation between Derbyshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police.

Detective Sergeant Ed Mellor, who led the Derbyshire investigation, said: “Today’s sentencing brings to a conclusion what has been a complex and challenging investigation; one in which Derbyshire Constabulary worked in close partnership with Greater Manchester Police to establish the facts and bring them to light in court.

“Karl Taylor and Stephen Pattison have been shown to be dangerous individuals who will now rightly spend lengthy spells in prison.

“My thoughts remain with the members of the staff who were working within the travel agents in Glossop that day, along with several elderly customers looking forward to their holidays.

“Taylor and Pattison had no regard for their safety and wellbeing when they committed this offence. They armed themselves with a machete and threatened violence to achieve their aims.

“Members of the public were put through a terrifying experience and sadly suffered a traumatic ordeal. I hope this sentencing brings them some sort of closure and helps them move forward with their lives.”