A man who tried to rob a convenience store in Kempston has been handed a four-year jail term.
Jonathon Noble, 25, of Dudley Close, Kempston, was sentenced on Monday (September 17), and was given a four-year jail term for attempted robbery, and 16 months for possession of an offensive weapon, to run concurrently.
He pleaded guilty to both charges when he appeared at a hearing at Luton Crown Court last month.
Noble was arrested after he attempted to rob the Co-Operative store in St John’s Street, Kempston, on August 14. He threatened shop staff with a knife, but when they refused to hand over money he fled the store.
Members of the public identified Noble as the offender and he was subsequently arrested and charged.
Following the sentencing of Noble, Detective Constable Surinder Ram said: “I am very pleased that the judge has passed such a stern sentence and it truly reflects the seriousness of the crime.
“Thankfully no one was hurt during the attempted raid but the experience was very frightening for the shop staff involved and I hope that they can take some comfort in knowing that Noble will be behind bars for four years.
“The sentence is also a reminder that serious crime will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and we will do everything that we can to find and prosecute those responsible.”
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