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Fishing jacket robber hooked | Stockport Express - menmedia.co.uk




A gunman who robbed a string of convenience stores was caught out by his distinctive fishing jacket

John Hinsley, 40, of Appleby Road, Gatley, wore a coat only available at specialist fishing stores when he carried out raids across Stockport.

He was jailed for 10 years Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court after admitting seven counts of robbery.

Hinsley wore a mask and brandished a black handgun to strike fear into staff at stores in a four-month crime spree.

He was finally caught when he tried to rob Spar in Gatley in April, where staff held him inside the Foxlands Road store until police arrived.

Hinsley was wearing a black fishing jacket with a red-tipped collar and red edging when he was arrested.

He had worn the same jacket for raids at other shops – including the Spar store at Councillor Lane in Cheadle Hulme, the One Stop shop at Finney Lane, Heald Green, William Hill Bookmakers in Offerton and the nearby Alnwick Road Co-op shop – which he hit twice.

Each time Hinsley wore a balaclava and brandished a gun to obtain cash and cigarettes.

When arrested, he denied carrying out the other raids and told police he was working when they took place. But Detective Constable Marcus Ellaby said the jacket proved Hinsley was behind all the robberies.

He said: "Only Hinsley knows why he wore the exact same jacket for each robbery. Perhaps he thought he was above the law and would not be caught.

"However, his arrogance cost him dear because when he was arrested wearing that item of clothing it meant we could link him to the other robberies he had carried out."

Describing Hinsley as a ‘persistent and dangerous criminal’, Det Con Ellaby added: "Over a four-month period, Hinsley embarked on a spree of robberies across Stockport, leaving a lot of extremely frightened people in his wake.

"Understandably, Hinsley’s victims were very distraught. No-one should be threatened at gunpoint, whether at work or at home.

"I hope seeing Hinsley put behind bars will give them some comfort."
He used to be at 19 Bde and was also on my class one.
 

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