Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for robbery

A Stoke-on-Trent man has been jailed for robbery, and an attempted robbery where he threatened a shop worker with a knife.

The city's Crown Court heard Matthew Gibson, of Gladstone Street, Basford, Gibson entered a newsagents on George Street in Newcastle on 7 July.

He used a knife to threaten a member of staff.

A few minutes later, the 32-year-old entered a second store on the same street and made off with cash from the till after threatening the shopkeeper. 

Gibson was arrested the same day after officers recognised him from CCTV footage. 

He pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a knife blade, and shoplifting. 

He has been sentenced to four years and six months in jail.

Detective Constable Michael George, of CID, said: “This was a very frightening experience for the members of staff involved so we’re pleased that Matthew Gibson was arrested swiftly and is now behind bars a matter of weeks after committing these offences.”

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