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Clayton Blinston tried to rob Booze Buster but fled empty handed

Clayton Kevin Blinston, 31, of Morgan Street, St Helens

Clayton Kevin Blinston, 31, of Morgan Street, St Helens



A man who held up an off licence with a hammer was today jailed for three years.

Clayton Kevin Blinston, 31, of Morgan Street, St Helens pleaded guilty to the “brazen and vicious” attempted armed robbery, which saw him threaten a cashier with a hammer.

Blinston went into the Booze Buster branch on Higher Parr Street at around 1.05pm on Monday February 1, before taking the hammer out of his pocket and demanding the shop assistant hand over cash. He fled the off license empty handed.

The armed thief today pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Liverpool Crown Court , and was sentenced to three years behind bars.

DC Lisa Milligan said: “This was a brazen and vicious robbery in which Blinston made repeated threats towards the shop assistant while brandishing a hammer.

“The victim showed great courage and did exactly the right thing by calling police straight away and Blinston fled the scene on foot without taking anything. However following police investigations and media coverage, he was identified and later arrested and charged.

“Blinston is 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.”

Liverpool Echo

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A pair of teenage robbers attacked a man with a stun gun and hit another in the head with a metal pole for just £30 in cash and a small amount of cannabis.

Alex Kapuscinski and Connor Smart, both aged 19 and from Bournemouth, were jailed on Monday for the “vicious” armed robbery on March 12, 2016.

They pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to robbery and were sentenced on Monday, July 11.

Kapuscinski receiwas jailed for three years and 10 months in a young offender’s institution and Smart was jailed for four years and four months.

At 9.17pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016, a neighbour reported a disturbance at an address on Holdenhurst Road in Boscombe, said a spokesman from Dorset police.

The spokesman said: “Kapuscinski and Smart entered a flat along that road that contained four other men. The court heard that once the pair was inside Kapuscinski hit one of the men in the head with a metal pole.

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“Smart then used a stun gun on another man in the property before the pair demanded the victims ‘give them their stuff’, the court heard.

“Kapuscinski and Smart took £30 in cash and a small amount of herbal cannabis before fleeing the flat.”

Detective constable Ben Griffin, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a vicious attack and I would like to praise the victims and witnesses for coming forward and supporting the prosecution.

“I hope the sentences handed out by the courts act as a warning to others that such offences will not be tolerated. We will actively pursue anyone involved in such criminal behaviour.”

Somerset Live

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