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Robber jailed for targeting local store where he had applied for a job

A BUNGLING robber has been jailed after he targeted his local store where he was easily recognised as a regular customer who had even applied for a job.

Dopey Simon Jones, 25, fled from the shop empty-handed and was quickly arrested after a worker was able to identify him as a well-known face in his home town.

Mold Crown Court heard he had stormed into the Spar shop in Montgomery, Powys, on January 2 demanding cash as he was desperate for money to pay his rent.

But when staff member Luke Ridgeway refused, the yob pulled out a three-inch knife and punched his victim a number of times before running from the store.

Officers were soon able to detain Jones at a pub in nearby Welshpool but he later became aggressive once in police custody.

The court heard he bit PC Andrew Taylor on the arm and punched Sergeant Philip Edwards in the face, causing cuts and bruises.

Jones pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, two counts of assaulting a constable and criminal damage and was jailed for four-and-a-half years yesterday.

Sentencing, Judge David Hale said: ‘This is not the sort of place where people are used to this sort of thing happening.

‘Montgomery is a pretty, peaceful little town.’

Jonathan Austin, defending, said his client had been desperate for money at the time, was behind with his rent and had been threatened with eviction.