Cuffley Post Office armed robbers jailed for 27 years

PUBLISHED: 14:55 07 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:14 07 August 2015

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary


Two men have been sentenced to a total of 27 years in prison after a spate of armed robberies, including one in Cuffley.

Anthony Fagan, 53, from Boleyn Avenue, Enfield, and Syrus Hayles, 26, from Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, pleaded guilty to eight armed robberies – including one at a Post Office at Station Road, Cuffley.

Fagan was sentenced to 14 years for conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and dangerous driving.

Hayles was jailed for 13 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

The other incidents took place across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex between November 25 and December 19, 2014, and included a post office in Radlett, a bookmakers in Watford and a Tesco Express in Bushey.

On most occasions the pair entered the businesses, brandishing an imitation handgun in a sock, wearing high visibility work-wear, balaclavas, white hard hats, and carried clip boards.

They were eventually caught after carrying out a robbery in Bedford, when they were seen leaving the property in a black Vauxhall Astra, on December 19.

Police pursued the vehicle before it came to a stop in Stotfold, where the pair made off on foot, but were arrested in a nearby garden.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Bull from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Specialist Investigation Team, who led the investigation, said: “This calculated series of armed robberies caused a great deal of distress to a number of victims and I have no doubt that Fagan and Hayles, who are both career criminals and have previous convictions for similar offences, would have gone on to commit further robberies had they not been caught.

“We welcome today’s sentence and hope it serves as a warning that we will not tolerate this type of criminal activity in Hertfordshire. We will relentlessly pursue those involved in committing crime and will work with our colleagues across other forces to bring these criminals to justice.”

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