JAILED: Raider who held up petrol sta­tion with axe

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A RAIDER who held up a ser­vice sta­tion armed with an axe has been jailed.

Benn Davis burst into the Shell garage on Manch­ester Road, Tyther­ing­ton, at around 5am.

It is un­der­stood that Davis was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the shop be­fore the in­ci­dent on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 22.

Po­lice said he walked into the ser­vice sta­tion with the axe.

A worker man­aged to press a panic but­ton, be­fore Davis, of Abbey Road, Mac­cles­field, made off with a quan­tity of cig­a­rettes and cash.

A re­spond­ing po­lice pa­trol found the rob­ber in a road be­hind the ser­vice sta­tion, along with the holdall con­tain­ing the axe and stolen loot soon af­ter­wards, po­lice said.

At a hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 21, Davis pleaded guilty to the rob­bery and to pos­sess­ing the axe.

He was sentenced to a to­tal of four years in prison for his crimes.

After the sen­tenc­ing Steve Grif­fiths, head of Mac­cles­field po­lice, said: “We got a call from the ser­vice sta­tion and were quickly on the scene.

“The pa­trol car­ried out a search of the area and the de­fen­dant had not got very far.

“He walked straight into their arms.

“After the of­fi­cers stopped him be­cause he matched the de­scrip­tion of the rob­ber, they searched him and found the bag that he was car­ry­ing con­tained the stolen goods.

“Vi­o­lent crimes like this are thank­fully very rare in Mac­cles­field but when it does hap­pen the pub­lic know that we take it very se­ri­ously. He was a lo­cal lad from the area and this re­sult shows that crime of any sort clearly doesn’t pay. The only thing an of­fender is likely to be left with is a lengthy sen­tence be­hind bars.”

●» Benn Davis was sentenced to four years in jail after rob­bing a ser­vice sta­tion in Tyther­ing­ton

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