By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 09 September 2013 Updated: 09/09 15:11
A MAN has been jailed for four years after an attempted robbery with a five-inch kitchen knife at a Winyates East shop.
Daniel Aston admitted attempted robbery and possession of a knife following the incident at RZ Stores in Costers Lane, which happened at around 3.15pm on Tuesday, July 23.
He put the knife to the shopkeeper's neck and demanded money. The shopkeeper refused and took it off him and, with the help of witnesses, detained him until police arrived.
At Worcester Crown Court on Thursday (September 5), the 21-year-old from Winslow Close was jailed for four years for the robbery and two years, to run concurrently, for possession of the knife.
Detective Constable Dave Jennings of West Mercia Police said: “This must have been a terrifying incident for the shopkeeper but he kept very calm, refused to hand over any money, and managed to get the knife off Aston.
"With the assistance of witnesses, he was then able to keep Aston in the shop until police arrived.
"It happened mid-afternoon when there were a lot of people around, including children, and it is very fortunate no-one was injured. We hope the custodial sentence imposed by the court will reassure Winyates residents."
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