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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Armed raider went back to shop to check assistant was okay

A masked thug who went back into the shop he had just raided to make sure the assistant was okay has been jailed.

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Nathan Hanlon

Nathan Hanlon, 28, of Fisher Street, Workington, pleaded guilty to robbing The Corner Shop and was sentenced to three years and eight months.

Carlisle Crown Court heard he went in to the shop, near to where he lives, wearing a mask and carrying a knife at about 8.50pm on January 12.

He brandished the knife at staff and used it to try and hack into the till.

He did not get away with any money but did steal a large amount of confectionery.

A short time after fleeing the scene, he returned - without the mask - to ask if the cashier was okay. He said he had chased the offender.

DC Jonathan Lowden said after the hearing: “We take any reports of weapons being used to threaten or intimidate very seriously. Although no one was thankfully hurt through Hanlon’s actions, the cashier was left understandably shaken and distressed.

“There is no excuse for Hanlon’s actions and I am pleased that justice has now been served."

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