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Weekly Edition - Published  17 January 2016

 

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Merseyside Police comment following sentencing of 3 for robbery at knifepoint

3 men who committed a robbery at knifepoint in a Bootle off licence have been jailed for a total of 8 years and 9 months. The men were all convicted of attempted robbery and jailed at Liverpool Crown Court, on Friday, 8 January 2016.

►  Ryan Kelly, 23, of Wordsworth Street, Bootle was sentenced to 3 years, plus 10 months, for possession of an offensive weapon, to run concurrently.

►  Liam Lawrence Brett, 25, of Hornby Road, Bootle was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months.

►  Shaun Anthony Moorcroft, 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months.

The Court head that the 3 men had entered the Sisters Shop, News and Booze on 24 May 2015. Ryan Kelly threatened the 57 year old shopkeeper with a machete, lunging towards him with it while demanding money. Moorcroft attempted to grab the shopkeeper and threw items at him while Brett stood lookout in the doorway. The shopkeeper immediately called the Police and the 3 offenders ran away on foot empty handed.  Detective Constable Kev Reppion from St Anne Street CID, said:- "This was a brazen and vicious robbery in which the men made repeated threats towards the shop assistant while brandishing a very dangerous weapon while three female customers were in the shop. The victim showed great courage and did exactly the right thing by calling Police straight away and the 3 men fled. However following Police investigations all three were identified and later arrested and charged. It is pleasing that they are now behind bars for a considerable length of time and can no longer steal from a local business. The significant sentence handed down should send a clear warning to other criminals who think it is acceptable to target local shops in Merseyside and wrongly believe they will get away with it. They won't."

 

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