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Drug user jailed after betting shop robbery

Andrew Mee

Andrew Mee

A drug user who robbed a vulnerable man of his winnings outside a Cleveleys bookies has been jailed for 18 months.

Andrew Mee threatened to wreck the victim’s flat if he did not hand over money.

The terrified victim felt so intimidated that he gave him £10.

Mee, 23, formerly of Beach Road, Cleveleys, had denied a charge of robbery, but was convicted by a jury after a trial.

The offence happened in March after the man and a friend had gone to collect winnings at William Hills Bookmakers on Rossall Road, Cleveleys.

Louise Cowen, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the victim and his friend were leaving the bookmakers when Mee approached and demanded money from one of them.

The victim refused, but the defendant then said he would wreck his flat and wait outside for him.

The man was so frightened he handed over £10 to get rid of him. But as he was leaving, Mee 
continued to be abusive and threatening towards the pair.

The defendant had 59 previous offences on his record, the court heard. None were for robbery, but the list included violence and theft.

Rachel Woods, defending, said: “Mr Mee himself acknowledges he is thoroughly unpleasant when he is on drugs.

“He had a pretty desperate lifestyle for many many years and was clearly off his head on drugs at the time of the offence.

“He has now been on remand in custody for more than five months. He has missed the birth of his child which has been a salutary experience for him.

“He has everything to gain and everything to live for. He is now off methadone and has even stopped smoking.”

Judge Robert Altham told Mee he would also be handed a three-year restraining order, barring him from having any contact with the victim.

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