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Two men jailed for an attempted robbery that saw a robbery discharged

30 Jun 2017 16:22 PM

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Two men have been jailed for an attempted robbery that saw a firearm discharged. 

On Monday, January 16, 31 year old George Tumilty and Kevin Jarvis, aged 45, went into Ford Post Office in Hylton Road. One of them was carrying a shotgun 

Tumilty and Jarvis demanded a member of staff hand over cash. The member of staff refused and a shot was fired at a display before both men fled the store. They fled empty handed.  

Nobody was injured in the incident however the member of staff was left shaken. 

After the attempted robbery Tumilty and Jarvis made off in a Vectra car before abondoning it in St Lukes Road in the city. Police located the abandoned vehicle which led to the recovery of the firearm that was used and discarded clothing worn by the offenders.  

A search was launched to locate them and early on Tuesday (January 17) morning both were arrested in Garfield Street and taken into police custody. 

Today (Friday, June 29) they have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted robbery.  

Tumilty, of Flodden Road in Sunderland was sentenced to ten and a half years and Jarvis of Garfield Street, also in Sunderland was given nine years. 

Superintendent Paul Milner said: "This incident caused significant disruption to the local community and I would like to thank them for their patience and co-operation during our enquiries, we do not take their support for granted and are very grateful. 

"The use of a firearm in this way is incredibly rare in our communities however the illegal use of firearms is something we simply will not tolerate and we will be relentless in our pursuit of anyone involved in this type of criminality, the significant sentences handed by the court today reflect the gravity and serious nature of these offences." 

During the court case the prosecuting lawyer commended the police investigation. 

Supt Milner said: "It's encouraging to see the great efforts by the CID team involved in this case recognised by the court. The team involved have done a fantastic job and put in a lot of hard work to make sure justice was done. Police officers right across the force regularly go above and beyond their role no matter what role they carry out to rid our communities of dangerous criminals. This work is a prime example of the daily efforts our detectives go to ensure a thorough investigation is carried out and no stone is left unturned in securing evidence for a successful prosecution."

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