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Co-op staff member robbed of £185 in Banbury


Oct 8, 2022

A robber who told Co-op staff he had a gun will be sentenced next month.

Allan Thomas, 37, made the threat when he robbed a staff member of £185 in cash from the store on August 21.

He was arrested two weeks later, in North Bar Street, Banbury, on September 5, when he had a pair of scissors with him.

Appearing before Oxford Crown Court on Friday morning, Thomas, of Parsons Street, Banbury, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed article.

He denied other offences of possession of an offensive weapon – a wrench – and assaulting two police officers.

Matthew Knight, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the pleas were acceptable and there was no need for a trial on the remaining counts.

Judge Ian Pringle KC adjourned sentence for the preparation of reports by the probation service.

It came after defence barrister Peter du Feu said his client understood that a custodial sentence was to be expected. Although he had previous convictions in the youth and magistrates’ courts, this was his ‘first arrival’ at the crown court.

Thomas was remanded in custody by Judge Pringle. He will return to court for sentence on November 4.

Robbery carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, although punishments vary significantly depending on the seriousness of the violence meted out or threats made and the value of the booty.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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