Members of a prolific gang who terrorised small businesses in the borough with a series of violent robberies have been jailed.
The gang committed 23 robberies at commercial premises, with the majority taking place across the borough.
At Harrow Crown Court last Friday, John McClintock, 20, of Lynton Walk, Hayes, was sentenced to five years and Kevin Mills, 23, of Freezeland Way, Hillingdon, was sentenced to three years and four months for his part in the robberies.
One offence involved a bottle being smashed over the head of a victim and one person was threatened at knifepoint. Altogether three of the gang's victims required hospital treatment.
The robberies were centred on the Ruislip area as well as Hillingdon and Harefield, often with more than one taking place on the same night.
DS Charlie Cairns, who led the investigation, said: "These sentences reflect the level of criminality these individuals were involved with.
"The judge indicated if they had not pleaded guilty they could have been expecting 10-11 years' imprisonment."
The gang acted in a pack with several entering premises late at night when only one member of staff would be working in the stores.
On several occasions the shopkeepers were assaulted as money was taken from their tills, and their own personal jewellery stolen, often worth thousands of pounds itself, while others stood guard.
While the gang made attempts to conceal their identities, they were captured by CCTV on several occasions, and often used the transport network to flee the crimes.
Superintendent Peter Withers, head of operations and crime for Hillingdon Police said: "The Priority Crime Unit in Hillingdon carried out excellent detective work from start to finish culminating in significant arrests in this crime."
Lewis Sandiford, 20, from Harlesden, who played a significant role in the crimes, was sentenced for six years with all six offenders pleading guilty to the crimes.
Richard Annis, 23, from Greenford received three years and four months, Dean Gilsenan, 23, from Harlesden was sentenced to two years and eight months and Kai Parsons, 23, from Dollis Hill, received a two year conditional dis-charge.
Robberies happened at the following locations:
* Ruislip Wines, Station Approach, Ruislip (24/12/07)
* Ruislip Garden News, New Pond Parade, Ruislip (24/12/07)
* Ayurveeda Centre, Victoria Road, Ruislip (6/1/08)
* Londis, Whitby Road, Ruislip (16/1/08)
* Ruislip Superstore, Station Approach, Ruislip (21/01/08)
* Majestic Wine, Bury Street, Ruislip (5/2/08)
* Harefield Wines, Harefield High Street, Harefield (5/2/08)
* Paul Rose Photography, Field End Road, Eastcote (19/2/08)
* Ruislip Food and Wines, Victoria Road, Ruislip (26/2/08)
* Choice, New Broadway, Hillingdon (1/3/08)
* Hillingdon Food and Wine, Hercies Road, Hillingdon (15/4/08)