A Hayes man was jailed for a series of aggravated burglaries across west London.

John Flynn, 28, of Hubbards Close, Hayes was sentenced to 10 and a half years and his cousin, Daniel Flynn, 18, of Apple Grove, Northolt, to six years.

Both had pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to two counts. A third suspect remains at large.

In April, three men forced their way into to a house in Norwich Road, Northwood, and threatened the occupants with an imitation firearm.

They pushed a man and his wife, both in their 80s, to the floor before making off with cash and jewellery. Daniel Flynn pleaded guilty to this offence.

Three days later, three men carried out a similar attack in Springwell Road, Hounslow, threatening the occupants with a large screwdriver before making off with cash. John Flynn pleaded guilty to this offence.

In June, the pair, along with a third man, forced their way into a house in Edgware where the occupants were threatened with a knife. Jewellery was stolen, including bangles forcibly removed from the arm of a woman.

Police had been called as the burglary was in progress, and officers were able to arrest John and Daniel Flynn as they were leaving.

The third suspect made off on foot and has not been identified. None of the stolen property has been recovered.

Det Con Nick Deakin said: “These cowardly individuals were part of a violent organised criminal network, who targeted predominantly Asian families for jewellery.

“They showed absolutely no consideration for the devastation that they caused to the families concerned.”