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Man sentenced for attempted robbery near Chester

November 11, 2014, 6:03 pm

On Monday, November 10 James Rickett, of Bishop Road, Anfield was sentenced to eight years in prison after he was found guilty of the attempted robbery of a convenience store in Upton, near Chester.

During the hearing at Chester Crown Court, Rickett was also given an extended licence of an additional five years and a further two year sentence for possessing the bladed article, to run concurrently. He has also been ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

The incident took place shortly before 11pm on Saturday, September 13 at The Spar in Long Lane, Upton. The duty manager was locking the front door when a man kicked it open and entered, carrying a knife. He demanded cash and was handed the cash drawer, but as he tried to leave another staff member used a shopping trolley to block him. After a short struggle, the offender dropped the cash drawer and made off empty handed.

Investigating officer PC Stuart Needham, of Chester CID, said: “The lengthy sentence is fantastic news, which I′m sure will provide reassurance to the public and staff at the shop, some of whom were extremely shaken up by the incident.

“We conducted a quick but thorough investigation following a number of lines of enquiry to lead us to the offender, and we would like thank the public for their help in this matter.”

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