Two criminals who raided a Buckinghamshire village home with weapons on Valentine’s Day have been locked up.

Armed with a handgun and a knife, Ronald Moore, of Webbs Road, Hayes (main picture), and Barry Powell, from Manor Avenue, Northolt (below), forced their way into a house in Wycombe Road, Prestwood, on the evening of February 14.

They threatened the terrified occupants, before marching them upstairs and making threats. Young children were present. The pair stole gold jewellery worth £3,000, and took car keys and mobile phones.

Uniformed response officers, armed police and a dog unit from Thames Valley Police quickly attended in hazardous weather conditions.

Moore, 41, was stopped and arrested a mile away from the scene. Powell, 34, hide in a nearby field, but was tracked by the police dog.

They both admitted an aggravated burglary charge at Aylesbury crown court on Monday, February 24 and they were each sentenced to five years and four months’ in jail - just ten days after the incident.

PC Stephen West, the investigating officer, said: "I am very pleased with the speed at which these two dangerous offenders were dealt with by the Criminal Justice system. This has undoubtedly reduced the distress experienced by the victims in what must have been a terrifying incident for the whole family."

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