Payback time for bank robbers

Darren Hope, and below, Justin Hulme
Darren Hope, and below, Justin Hulme

A pair of armed robbers who stole £48,000 in a bank raid in Leyland have been ordered to pay back less than £9,000 of their haul.

Justin Hulme and Darren Hope were each jailed for 10 years after admitting the raid at the Lloyds TSB branch in Hough Lane, Leyland.

Justin Hulme,and below, Darren Hope

Justin Hulme,and below, Darren Hope

They must now repay less than 20 per cent of the money taken.

But at a proceeds of crime hearing, Judge Simon Newell ordered Hope to repay just £650 and Hulme £7,835, having established these were the pair’s “recoverable assets”.

Both men benefited equally to the tune of £24,000 each but Hulme must sell his car to make some of his payment.

Hulme, 27, of Norbury Street, and Hope, 33 of Maple Crescent, Leigh, were both jailed at Preston Crown Court after admitting armed robbery at an earlier hearing.

The incident happened at the Lloyds TSB branch on Hough Lane in Leyland last May 23 which was followed by a police car chase ending in Standish zzzAt around 9.45am that day two masked men wearing dark clothing, one armed with a gun, the other with a sledgehammer threatened a security guard who was delivering cash inside the bank and made violent demands for money.

During the raid the men held a gun to the head of a security guard as well as threatening staff and innocent members of the public who were forced to lie on the floor.

The men then fled the scene in a grey Ford Mondeo having stolen a significant quantity of cash.

The car was found abandoned on Rushwood Park in Standish later that morning.