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Chester knife robber who threatened woman is jailed

Published date: 30 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A ROBBER who threatened a young woman with a knife in a university campus shop has been jailed for five years.

Ian Michael Jones, 42, from Garden Lane, Chester, was handed the prison sentence after pleading guilty to robbery at Chester Crown Court.

His 19-year-old victim was left shaken but uninjured following her ordeal at around 3.10pm on Wednesday, May 21 this year.

Jones had entered the shop on the University of Chester campus on Parkgate Road where he grabbed the teenager, threatened her and demanded cash from staff.

Money was handed over to Jones, who fled on foot but was later arrested.

Detective Sergeant Debbie Bellis, from Chester CID, said the jail term should serve as a warning to others that offenders will be caught and punished.

Speaking after the sentencing on Monday, she said: “Today’s court result reflects the seriousness of Jones’ crime and the impact it has had on his victim.

“Robberies such as this are rare in Cheshire and we hope that the result serves as a warning to other would-be robbers.

“Today’s result serves a reminder to any other offenders that, if you choose to break the law ,you will be actively targeted, caught and punished.” 

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