A BANK robber who struck in a village has been jailed for seven years.
Police who tracked down Philip Charlton have welcomed the long sentence.
Charlton, 30, of College Street, Crosland Moor, stole a J-registered maroon Ford Escort hours before the raid in Meltham as his getaway car.
He was convicted after a three-day trial at Leeds Crown Court.
He was jailed for seven years for the robbery, with five years for firearms offences and two years for stealing the car.
All terms will run concurrently.
Charlton, who was wearing a crash helmet and a blue boilersuit during the raid, struck at the Lloyds TSB branch in Wessen-
den Head Road at 1pm on Friday, January 31, 2003.
Det Insp Sam Cooke, of Huddersfield CID, said: "I'm delighted with the length of the sentence.
"It is clearly a deterrent to anyone else thinking of committing such crimes involving firearms."
He added: "The officers worked very hard in this case to bring Charlton to justice."