Jail for young thief who robbed shop

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A TEENAGER has been jailed for more than two years after holding a terrified shop assistant at gunpoint.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, forced his victim to hand over more than £300 in cash at the Co-op store in London Road, St Leonards.

The youth, who was jailed on Friday, used a fake gun during the raid on September 27 last year which happened just before 9.30pm.

The hooded teenager then ran off on foot towards the seafront following the hold-up, which left the female shop worker, who was alone in the supermarket at the time, badly shaken.

Police seized CCTV footage of the armed robbery and liaised with their colleagues from Humberside Police after the youth was spotted in Hull.

He was brought back to Hastings and arrested on October 1.

The unemployed teenager was interviewed by detectives and charged with robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.

He was also charged with another street robbery, which took place on May 1 last year - in which the the victim had £30 taken from them - and with breaching an anti-social behaviour order.

He appeared in court on November 19 where he pleaded guilty to all the charges and was further remanded in custody.

The teenager appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday and was jailed for two years and nine months.

PC Duncan Cleverley, of Hastings Police, said: “This was a shocking incident for staff at the Co-op and I am pleased for them that this matter is now concluded.

“A custodial sentence was entirely appropriate under the circumstances.”