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2 April 2019, 08:49 | Updated: 2 April 2019, 08:50
A robber - who threatened a woman with a bladed article as he tried to steal from her business in Leicestershire - has been jailed for more than seven years.
31-year-old Christopher Grewcock was described as waving a bladed article around in the shop in Coventry Road in Hinckley as he demanded money from the shopkeeper – but he ended up leaving empty-handed after he was confronted by the victim’s husband.
He was stopped and arrested around an hour later by officers who had followed him.
Grewcock, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and to threatening a person with a bladed article.
He also admitted a count of robbery, theft and attempted theft in relation to other incidents committed in the Hinckley area.
Grewcock was sentenced to a total of seven years and 10 months imprisonment - which includes 16-weeks imprisonment for breach of a suspended sentence.
The 31-year-old also admitted robbing a shop in Castle Street on a number of occasions.
Grewcock denied the offences in interview but CCTV analysis and witness accounts, linked him to the crimes.
Detective Constable Krupa Parmar said: “Grewcock caused fear and distress for people carrying out their work and it is fortunate that no-one was injured in the incidents. My thanks go to the victims of these offences who co-operated with us throughout the investigation leading to these guilty pleas today.”