Posted on 19th June 2017
A pair of armed robbers who held a family at gunpoint and used cable ties to restrain them have been jailed for a combined total of 32 years.
Luke Bonsall and John Proctor struck in the hours of darkness at a house in Dronfield and threatened the family inside.
At one point, one of the robbers threatened to shoot one of the children with a shotgun unless the family complied with their demands.
They then used cable ties to restrain some of the family members, before forcing another one of the victims to open a safe at the house in Stubley Lane.
Bonsall and Proctor, both aged 37, then made off with several thousand pounds in cash in the robbery, which happened on the night of March 19, 2015.
Both men have now been locked up for 16 years each after being found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm with intent to commit a robbery.
They were jailed at Derby Crown Court on Friday, June 16.
Detective Chief Inspector Greg McGill led the investigation into the robbery.
He said: “This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a family – including young children – who were just going about their business at home.
“The sanctuary of that home was shattered by Bonsall and Proctor, who used extreme threats against a young boy and then tied up the family with cable ties just to steal some cash.
“The terror they instilled in their victims is immeasurable and despite the offence happening more than two years ago, it has caused lasting distress for them.
“We led a lengthy and complex investigation in order to identify the masked robbers, apprehend them and bring them before the courts.
“Their sentence of 16 years each is satisfying and I hope it goes some way to helping the family move on.
“I also hope it sends a clear message that we will do everything we can to catch these kinds of offenders and ensure that justice is served.”
Bonsall lived in Sandygate Park, Sheffield, while Proctor lived in Magpie Grove, Sheffield.