In a recent development, a 27-year-old South Kirkby resident, Michael Jones, has been handed a nine-year prison sentence after confessing to committing armed robberies at both a building society and a bank in Wakefield and Ossett.

Jones, residing at Hoyland Terrace in South Kirkby, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, one count of possessing a bladed article, one count of possessing an offensive weapon, and one count of possessing a Class B drug. His sentencing occurred at Leeds Crown Court on Monday, 4 March.

The criminal activities transpired at Yorkshire Building Society on Kirkgate, Wakefield, on 26 October 2023, and at Halifax Bank on Market Place, Ossett, on 30 October 2023.

Detective Inspector Heather Shearer, of Wakefield District, said: “Jones has carried out these two armed robberies within days of each other. Both times he has threatened a staff member with a knife, causing them considerable alarm and distress. His actions have also caused wider concern for other employees and members of the public present during these incidents.

“Both offences were investigated by Wakefield CID and on his arrest, officers found a significant quantity of cash in his bedroom. Crime has not paid for Jones, instead, he has gained himself a considerable spell in prison.”