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Man pleads guilty to attempted robbery

September 20, 2012, 2:55 pm

Jonathon Noble, 25, of Dudley Close, Kempston, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at a hearing at Luton Crown Court last month. On Monday (September 17), he was given a four year jail sentence for attempted robbery and 16 months for the weapons offence to run concurrently.

Noble was arrested after he attempted to rob the Co-Operative store in St Johns Street, Kempston, on August 14. Noble threatened shop staff with a knife but when they refused to hand over money he fled the store. Members of the public identified Noble as the offender and he was subsequently arrested and charged.

Following the sentencing of Noble, Detective Constable Surinder Ram, who investigated the incident, said: “I am very pleased that the judge has passed such a stern sentence and it truly reflects the seriousness of the crime. Thankfully no one was hurt during the
attempted raid but the experience was very frightening for the shop staff involved and I hope that they can take some comfort in knowing that Noble will be behind bars for four years.

“The sentence is also a reminder that serious crime will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and we will do everything that we can to find and prosecute those responsible.”

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