Former tycoon Stephen Hinchliffe, who once controlled almost 1,000 high street shops, including Sock Shop and footwear retailer Freeman Hardy Willis, was jailed for five years on Friday after being convicted of bribing a bank manager to fund his retail empire. Hinchliffe paid £800,000 in backhanders to John Doherty in return for millions of pounds in unsecured loans, the Old Bailey was told.