Two London drug dealers who carried out a terrifying armed raid at a Peterborough bookies have been jailed.
Wearing balaclavas, Hamid Busairu, 22, and Max Sharp, 24, raided BetFred, in Rightwell East, Bretton, at about 9.45pm on April 14 this year.
They demanded money and threatened staff with a revolver, ordering them to the floor.
However, the robbers couldn’t access the safe and left the premises made off with a small amount of cash.
They had got to the bookmakers in a silver Vauxhall Vectra but left that behind and threatened a witness and forced him to give them a lift.
Police launched an investigation and Busairu and Sharp were arrested in the early hours of April 29 during one of their visits to Peterborough.
They had heroin and crack cocaine on them worth more than £3000, while Busairu also had a knife. The firearm used in the robbery, a replica air pistol, was also later recovered along with other evidence.
Detectives discovered both men had been visiting Peterborough from London for some time and established themselves as drug dealers.
Yesterday (September 21) at Huntingdon Crown Court, Busairu, of Broderick Grove, London, was jailed for six years and eight months while Sharp, of Bassingham Road, Wandsworth, London, was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Both had pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, use of an imitation firearm for the purposes of committing a schedule one offence and supplying class A drugs.
DC Justin Howard, who investigated, said: “Busairu and Sharp had been travelling from London to Peterborough to sell drugs for some time by the time of the robbery and had taken over the house of two vulnerable drug users.
“It was during one of these visits that they planned and executed the robbery.
“This result sends out a clear message that if you come to Peterborough for the purposes of selling drugs or committing any crime, you will be arrested and put before the courts.”