Jail for man who terrorised victims in three-hour siege at Jarrow bookmakers

A gunman who held hostages during a three-hour siege that was captured live on camera has been jailed for four years.

Tuesday, 4th April 2017, 2:30 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 9:30 pm
The incident in Jarrow lasted for hours.

Alistair Gallow held up a Coral bookmakers and sparked a shotgun stand off that was filmed by shocked neighbours and posted on social media.Videos and pictures from the scene, at Grange Road in Jarrow, went viral on the internet as the terrifying town centre drama unfolded.The 39-year-old, of Percy Street, Jarrow allowed the four people he had held imprisoned inside to leave before specialist armed police officers arrested him.At Newcastle Crown Court Gallow pleaded guilty to four counts of false imprisonment towards two members of staff and two members of the public and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in relation to an imitation sawn-off shotgun.He pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a knuckle duster.Gallow also admitted three charges of possession of a bladed article in relation to three knives.

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The video above was shot by Gary Marshall.

The incident in Jarrow lasted for hours.
The incident in Jarrow lasted for hours.