Gotcha! Knife raider jailed after appeal

Siddall caught on CCTV leaping over the counter at Ladbrokes on Whitegate Drive
Siddall caught on CCTV leaping over the counter at Ladbrokes on Whitegate Drive
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A “dangerous” armed robber who threatened a woman at knife-point during a terrifying raid at a Blackpool betting shop has been jailed.

Andrew Siddall, 44, held up the Ladbrokes bookmakers on Church Street last month but was caught on camera after he forgot to cover his face.

The CCTV close up of his face which helped snare him

The CCTV close up of his face which helped snare him

He was recognised when his picture appeared in The Gazette as part of a police appeal for information.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

Det Sgt Stuart Reid, of Blackpool CID, said afterwards: “I would like to express my thanks for the information received following the appeal, which has led us to arrest this dangerous offender.”

He said the conviction had come as a “relief” to the victim, who was left badly shaken but unhurt during the robbery last month.

I would like to express my thanks for the information received following the appeal, which has led us to arrest this dangerous offender

Siddall, who was from the Coventry area but had recently been placed on a drug treatment programme in the resort, targeted the bookmakers on June 11.

He can be seen on the CCTV footage jumping over the counter of the store, which was empty except for the lone woman working inside, with the kitchen knife in his right hand.

Detectives said he escaped with a small amount of cash from the till.

Following the police appeal, Siddall was identified and forensic evidence was discovered linking him to the crime. Det Sgt Steve Harry, said after the sentencing: “He had gone in with a knife and threatened a female member of staff.

Andrew Siddall was jailed for 56 months for robbery. Photo: Lancashire Police

Andrew Siddall was jailed for 56 months for robbery. Photo: Lancashire Police

“He hadn’t covered his face and there are loads of cameras in there so we ended up with a full shot of his face.

“He was identified directly from the appeal – someone rang up and said they recognised him.”

Siddall was later arrested and charged with robbery. He pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced to 56 months in prison.