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Two men jailed for casino robbery
Two men who raided a casino with a hammer and imitation gun have been jailed at Nottingham Crown Court.

They escaped with almost 45,000 after threatening staff at the Victoria Club in Nottingham, in November 2004.

Martin Hogan, 49, of no fixed address was convicted of armed robbery in April. David Anthony Martin, 27, of Kneeton Vale, Sherwood, pleaded guilty.

Hogan was jailed for 12 years and Martin received a 10-year prison sentence on Thursday.

Stolen taxi

The court heard they had told staff they might be shot during the attack, which was partly caught on CCTV.

Hogan was armed with the imitation gun and Martin was carrying a claw hammer.

The two men used a stolen taxi as a getaway car, which was found burnt out nearby.

The judge told them he had a duty to pass such a heavy sentence as gun crime was causing so much fear in Nottingham.

'Well policed'

He added that when it comes to serious crime, these convictions show that the city is well policed.

The club has since closed down, which owner Sean Akins claimed was partly due to the robbery.

He said: "It's a nail in the coffin. The casino industry is particularly difficult to recruit.

"For this sort of thing to happen makes it exceptionally difficult to recruit and retain staff."

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