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Masked robbers jailed for 18 years after terrifying armed raid on home

Violent robbery left one occupant seriously injured

Michael Allen (left) and Mark Bennett have been jailed for 18 years for their role in an armed masked robbery in Tarvin

Two masked robbers who subjected the occupants of a house in Tarvin to a terrifying armed robbery have been jailed for 18 years.

Michael Allen, 53, and Mark Bennett, 46, along with an unknown third accomplice, forced their way into a large detached farmhouse on the outskirts of Tarvin on the evening of Saturday, February 11 this year, and threatened the occupants with weapons, leaving one of them seriously injured.

Disguised in balaclavas, the thugs went on to ransack the property, stealing a number of items before fleeing the scene.

Allen and Bennett, of St Helens, were both sentenced to nine years behind bars after pleading guilty to robbery at Chester Crown Court yesterday (Monday July 24).


It followed an extensive investigation by Chester CID, and after the incident both Allen and Bennett were identified as suspects and subsequently arrested.

Detective Constable Stephen Owens from Cheshire Constabulary said: "To be the victim of any violence is distressing enough, but to be the victim of masked armed assailants in your own home is even more traumatic.

“These men left their victims distraught and violated, having been targeted in their own their own homes, a place where people should be able to feel safe and secure.

“While the victim has now recovered from the injuries that they sustained on that day, the mental trauma will not simply disappear; although I do hope the sentences handed to Allen and Bennett will help the victims move on with their lives.”



Detective Inspector Karen Jaundrill added: “This successful operation is a testament to the dedicated team of detectives and forensic staff working together to make sure those responsible were stopped in their tracks and put before the courts.

“As a result of the overwhelming evidence gathered by the team both Allen and Bennett were left with no option but to plead guilty to the crime, and now they will both face the consequences of their actions.

“We will continue to target those who think they can come into Cheshire to commit crime.

"Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity should contact police on 101 to help us to prevent crime and support us in continuing to bring offenders to justice.”

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