Finally behind bars: Brutal gang who terrorised workers in armed robberies across Manchester jailed for 40 years

By Dean Wilkins

A brutal gang who planned and carried out a series of armed robberies across Greater Manchester were jailed for 40 years today.

The trio terrorised workers at Post Offices and bank security guards as their tirade of high-value robberies were carried out using axes, machetes and sledgehammers.

The men stole cars and planned their attacks that have had a distressing impact on their victims.

Detective Constable Matt Donnelly, of Greater Manchester Police’s Robbery Unit, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that these men were actively preparing to commit further robberies when they were caught.

“The sentences that have been passed are a reflection of just how serious their offending is, and the devastating impact it has on victims.

“People who have their cars stolen or members of staff who are confronted by armed men making demands for cash are always left badly shaken by what has happened to them.

Jason Corkovic, 41, of Murray Street, Higher Broughton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery and was sentenced to a total of nine years in prison.

He admitted to his part in an attempted robbery at a Bolton Post Office in November 2010, and the conspiracy that GMP helped foil following his arrest in April 2012.

Jason McFeely, 39, of Lawnswood Drive, Swinton, and Paul Corkovic, 48, of Sevenoaks Drive, Swinton, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery.

McFeely was sentenced to 13 years in prison and Paul Corkovic, who had six years remaining on license from a previous conviction, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, which included a five-year sentence for breaching the terms of his licence.

Paul Corkovic and McFeely admitted a criminal conspiracy that spanned from February 7 2012 up until their arrest on April 19.

OFF THE STREETS: Trio who terrorised workers put behind bars for 40 years

During that period, two security guards were the victims of high value armed robberies.

On March 8, a man armed with an axe approached a security guard delivering cash to the Natwest Bank on Houldsworth Square in North Reddish, Stockport.

Cash was stolen and the offender made off in a previously stolen Peugeot 407.

Two weeks later a man armed with an axe ran into a security guard delivering cash at Sainsbury’s on Heaton Park Road, Blackley, and demanded he hand over money.

The offender sped away with the cash in a stolen Citroen Picasso.

Both of these offences required pre-planning in the form of stealing four cars.

On April 19, the trio were arrested following a police operation and an attempt was made to stop them in a stolen Peugeot 307.

The car crashed into a wall and the defendants ran away, scaling fences and diving through gardens – injuring themselves in the process.

They were found with a black bag that contained a hammer, a machete and tin cutters.

After a DNA match, Jason Corkovic was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempting to rob a post office on Plodder Lane, Bolton, on November 25 2010.

Armed men burst into the post office via building’s living quarters, forcing the victims, a counter clerk and husband and wife, into the secure counter while the offenders made threats for cash while trying to smash open the counter with a sledgehammer.

DC Donnelly added: “A lot of work has gone into this case, and this result is yet another example of how GMP’s Robbery Unit is committed to taking criminals like this off our streets.”

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