Man jailed for knifepoint Blaby robbery

Issued on 8/6/18 at 1:35 p.m.

A 49-year-old man has been jailed for carrying out a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Blaby in April this year.

Christian Grey appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Friday 8 June) where he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery.

Grey, of Victoria Road, Whetstone, was sentenced to three years imprisonment and ordered to pay £170 pounds in victim surcharge and £93 compensation.

During the morning of Thursday 26 April, Grey walked into the Blaby General Store in Lutterworth Road armed with a knife.

He threatened the terrified male shop assistant – who was alone in the store – and demanded money from the till.

Leaving his weapon on the counter he snatched around £600 and stuffed the money in a plastic bag before grabbing packets of cigarettes from the display cabinet.

Seeing a chance to escape, the shop assistant picked up the knife, pushed grey in the chest, and ran outside. Once outside the store, he managed to pull down the security shutters in an attempt to trap Grey inside the premises.

A member of the public who witnessed the incident alerted police. Officers arrived minutes later but found that Grey had escaped through the shop’s back door.

Officers immediately began searching near to the scene and Grey was found hiding in an underpass on the A426.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Simon Roberts said: “This was a serious offence in which Grey used violence to threaten and intimidate his victim.

“Though terrified, the shop assistant showed great courage throughout his ordeal and it was lucky he wasn’t injured.”

Tackling knife crime is a priority for Leicestershire Police and the force is committed to working with partners to combat knife crime in our area. In 2016 we launched the campaign #LivesNotKnives, an initiative to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if you are caught carrying a weapon.

For important information and advice on knife crime and the #LivesNotKnives campaign, please visit: https://leics.police.uk/categories/_knife-crime.

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