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Three jailed for bid to rob bank staff at home

Three members of an armed gang who admitted conspiring to falsely imprison and rob three women in their home have been jailed.

Two of the Magherafelt women, a mother and daughter, were both employees of the Northern Bank at the time of the incident in October 2009.

Two of the gang members were arrested in a field outside the victims' home following a intelligence-led police operation which involved a stakeout of the area by armed police officers.

The third gang member, Ruairi Larkin Brady, was arrested in the family home while visiting his then girlfriend.

During the police operation, armed officers recovered two handguns, wire wrist cables, masks and latex gloves.

Larkin (25), from Sandymount in Magherafelt, was jailed for two and a half years.

Richard Manson (34), from Annalong, Co Down, was jailed for four and a half years, as was Terence Lunney (27), from Nelson Street, Belfast.

Judge Grant said he accepted that the three defendants were not the ringleaders of the sophisticated criminal operation.

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