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Men jailed for 17-day crime spree

Damien Long and Daniel Morris (Pic: Greater Manchester Police)
The pair admitted a series of robberies and kidnapping a man

Two men who terrorised part of Greater Manchester during a 17-day crime spree have been jailed for life.

Damien Long and Daniel Morris admitted a series of robberies and kidnapping a 32-year-old man, bundling him into a wheelie bin and ransacking his home.

The pair both of Ascroft Avenue, Beech Hill, attacked five other people.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Long, 23, will serve at least eight years and Morris, 22, seven years and four months before being considered for parole.

Demanded cash

The attacks happened in January and started when the pair stole a silver Vauxhall Corsa after dragging the 45-year-old driver from her vehicle.

Two days later they demanded cash from an 18-year-old woman before punching her and stealing her bag.

The court heard that an hour later they forced a 19-year-old man into the back of a car, attacked him and demanded money.

Over the course of 17 days, these men terrorised the area
Det Con Alison Wallwork

On the same day a 32-year-old man woke up in his home on Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, to find Long and Morris in his house who then demanded cash and held a knife to his throat.

He was punched repeatedly in the head and face, then tied up and put in a closet before being forced into the boot of his car and then dumped in a wheelie bin.

Four other similar incidents followed before the men were arrested.

Long pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, one count of kidnap and two counts of aggravated burglary.

Morris pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, one count of kidnap and two counts of aggravated burglary.

Det Con Alison Wallwork said: "Over the course of 17 days, these men terrorised the area, committing crime after crime.

"They used weapons and violence to get what they wanted, leaving many of their victims in fear of their lives.

"Some of the incidents almost sound unbelievable, with people being placed in the boots of cars and driven around and victims tied up while Long and Morris ransacked their homes."



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