Jail for man who threatened staff with gun while attempting to rob bookmakers in Warrington Date published: 6th March 2017 10.51am

A man who threatened staff with a gun while trying to rob a Warrington bookmakers has been jailed for four years.

Paul Jackson, aged 26, from Redtail Close in Runcorn, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

On Monday, 27 February Liverpool Crown Court heard how in the early evening of Friday 20 January, Jackson entered BetFred Store on Sandy Lane. He pointed a black handgun at the back of the head of a member of staff before pointing it in the face of another employee.

Jackson shouted “give me your money” to the cashier, throwing a bag behind the desk and despite the victim telling him there wasn’t any, he leaned over the counter to look himself before making his escape.

The bag left behind at the scene was tested by officers and secured a full match for Jackson.

A week later, Jackson was stopped by an officer while driving along Lovel Road, Speke in Liverpool and later charged.

Detective Constable Natalia Tuozzo, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “Jackson committed his crime purely to fund his gambling addiction and debt. He showed no regard for the impact this would leave on his victims who were left feeling shocked and fearful.

“We should all be able to go about our daily business without fear of being threatened or scared.

“I hope knowing Jackson is now in prison will bring reassurance to the local community and help bring some comfort to the victims to move forward.”