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Detectives have ensured two aggravated burglars are now behind bars after they were jailed for a total of 16 years .
Ashley Gibson and Julian Dumatey forced their way into two addresses in Palmerston Road, Westcliff, on the night of Friday August 20 this year.
During the first incident, at 8.30pm, they threatened someone inside with a knife and then assaulted them before taking keys, £40 in cash, a bank card, and cigarettes.
Immediately afterwards they forced their way into the second address armed with knives and assaulted a person inside the address before taking bank cards, keys, a mobile phone and cigarettes.
Gibson, 31, of Burney Drive, Loughton, was arrested two days later while Dumatey, 26, of London Road, Westcliff, was arrested the following day.
They were both charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and pleaded guilty.
At Basildon Crown Court on October 13, Dumatey was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison.
Gibson was jailed for eight years and two months with a five year extended licence.
Detective Sergeant Matt Harriss, from Southend CID, said: “Ashley Gibson and Julian Dumatey are violent men who were willing to use weapons to threaten others in order to steal their property.
“They left their victims in fear for their safety.
“They now face the foreseeable future behind bars and Southend is a safer place for it.
“I want to praise the courage of the victims for coming forward.”