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The only way is jail for step-dad of Essex girls in £1m gold heist plan

Shenai Raif and Catherine Wylie

Published 08/12/2012 | 05:00

'The Only Way Is Essex' sisters Sam and Billie Faiers wrote to a judge to try to save their stepfather from prison.

But their plea did not stop an Old Bailey judge jailing David Chatwood for the equivalent of four years.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal £1m (€1.2m) worth of gold and silver bullion from a lorry in Belgium in October last year. The judge said he had read a letter from Chatwood (58) and "also a letter from his daughters who find him helpful in their shops".

But this would not alter his sentence because Chatwood was a principal organiser of the theft.

The sisters, along with Sam's boyfriend Joey Essex, waved from the public gallery with their mother Sue Wells as Chatwood was led away.

The sisters left court posing for photographers but refusing to comment.

Irish Independent

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