Knife robber behind bars

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A GUNMAN who terrorised a shopkeeper at a jewellers while brandishing a pistol and knife is today behind bars.

Preston Crown Court heard how Timothy Daly rushed into Jewels, on Crescent East, Cleveleys, in December 2010 and demanded cash.

He reached over to grab money from the till but the courageous store owner wrestled with him and received a nasty slash to the ear in the struggle.

The 39-year-old fled the store with just £10, dropping the knife on the pavement as he went.

Attacker

Police at the time praised the quick and courageous actions of the shopkeeper who managed to fight off the attacker.

Forensic evidence from the weapon was later used to link Daly to the crime scene and he was arrested.

Appearing before Preston Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of bladed weapon and possession of an imitation firearm, he was jailed for seven years.

After the sentencing, Det Insp Andy Bunn, of Fleetwood CID, said: “This was a very frightening incident for the shop owner, who showed great courage in trying to prevent Daly from taking any money from the till.

“Forensic evidence was able to identify and ultimately convict Daly and despite him only escaping with a nominal amount of money from the till he has received a substantial prison sentence.

“This should act as a strong deterrent to others who may contemplate committing such a crime.”

After the raid, police were called to the scene by another trader, John Michelbach, who owned nearby bakery Michelbach’s, and saw the drama unfold outside his store.

He said: “I was serving in the shop when I saw a scuffle outside and a guy running over the road.

“He ran towards the tram tracks and hitched his jeans up and a knife fell out onto the pavement.”

Within minutes of the attack Cleveleys was swarming with police, with the force helicopter sent up to search for Daly.

The jewellers, which was also known as Treasures and Inspirations, was cordoned off while Crime Scene Investigators combed the scene for other clues.

The shopkeeper was taken to Fleetwood Hospital and had his wounds – described by police as “minor injuries” treated before being released.