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Man locked up for seven years for knife-point robberies and theft

September 13, 2018
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A man has been locked up for seven years after pleading guilty to two knife-point robberies in Nottingham.

Gary Henry, 45, of no fixed address, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing yesterday (Wednesday 12 September 2018).

The court heard how Henry committed the robberies at the Premier Express shop in Wollaton Road, Radford, and Gill News in Carlton Street on 15 June 2018.

Henry also admitted one count of theft, at the Sainsbury's Local shop in Waverley Street, The Arboretum, on 8 June 2018 and pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing a bladed article in a public place.

At around 10.35am on 15 June 2018 Henry approached the till in Gill News and asked how much a bottle of brandy cost?

After the shop owner answered, Henry walked round to the restricted counter area, produced a kitchen knife from his jumper and demanded for her to open the till.

He tried to open it himself but wasn’t able to. He left the store with a bottle of brandy.

At about 1.45pm the same day Henry entered the Premier Express shop in Wollaton Road, Radford.

The shopkeeper was at the counter scanning a can of beer picked up by Henry when he suddenly started waving a knife towards her, pointing it at her and demanding for her to open the till. He left the store with a quantity of cash.

The court also heard that Henry stole tobacco from the Sainsbury's Local shop in Waverley Street, The Arboretum, on 8 June 2018. When challenged by a security guard, as he left the store, Henry produced a knife and threatened him with it.

Speaking after Henry's sentencing Detective Constable Mark Henshaw said: "The two robbery victims were left traumatised by their terrifying ordeal.

"I’d like to commend them for their bravery shown throughout our investigation.

"I hope Henry’s sentence gives them some closure and comfort knowing that this dangerous man will now be serving a lengthy period behind bars."

Henry was jailed for an additional eight weeks in custody, to be served consecutively, for breaching a suspended sentence.

PHOTO: Henry was caught on CCTV carrying a knife during the robbery at the Premier Express store (left) and the theft at the Sainsbury's Local shop

Incident Number: 
000468-15062018

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