Car-ringing gang members jailed

Several members of a car-ringing gang have been jailed for between 15 months and five years after making up to £500,000 out of their scam.

The gang members, who swapped identities of stolen cars with those of salvaged vehicles, appeared at Luton Crown Court for sentencing.

Those jailed were Robert Wilson, 33; Anthony Joseph, 30; Kevin O'Neill, 34; Patrick Doherty, 31; James East, 35; Jean Griffiths, 36; and Keiran Brennan, 32.

Four other gang members were given suspended prison sentences and/or ordered to carry out community service. They were Angel Brown, 31; Alan Lynch, 34; Sean Doherty, 34; and Kevin Linden Brown, 41.

Another gang member, Michael Dickens, 41, will be sentenced at a later date. All 12 defendants are from Luton and surrounding villages.

The court heard that the group had changed the identities of up to 32 cars stolen from across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Bedfordshire Police said the operation had been described by an expert as "the best cloning job he had ever seen". The defendants were arrested in July 2006 in a series of police raids involving more than 200 officers.

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