Hammer raider jailed for terrifying robbery

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A hammer-wielding thug who attacked a shop assistant during a terrifying robbery in Blackpool town centre has been jailed for more than five years.

Dylan Worley, 18, left the man with a broken collar bone as well as cuts and lumps on his head during the vicious assault at North West Pawnbrokers, in Cedar Square.

Preston Crown Court heard Worley, of Northfield Avenue, North Shore, was only stopped when three of the shop assistant’s courageous colleagues pounced on him and restrained him.

Worley, who worked as head chef at a resort restaurant, later bragged to the police officers who arrested him, saying: “This is my third one... the first one you have got me for.”

The attack happened on September 2.

Joseph Allman, prosecuting, said Worley had rummaged in a bag before taking out a hammer, then struck the male shop assistant on the head when he asked if he could help him.

The robber then demanded money from the till, before the three colleagues tackled him.

One of the staff activated an emergency button and a smoke device was deployed.

Despite having blood on his back, the injured man helped his colleagues keep hold of Worley.

The victim later spent more than a week off work, had problems sleeping, suffered from flashbacks and felt generally less confident, the court was told.

Mr Allman added: “Were it not for the intervention of others, the attack would clearly have continued.”

CCTV footage of the frightening incident – taken from the store’s cameras – was played to the court.

Sentencing Worley to five years and fourth months

in prison yesterday, Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: “All too often shop premises such as this become targets for people like you who believe there may be easy pickings to be made.

“These courts will step in and do what they can to protect businesses like this.

“People like (the shop assistant) who are simply carrying out their normal jobs and yet they are vulnerable to attack from people like you.

“It may be said, having seen the ferocity of the attack, however horrendous those injuries were, it may be good fortune the injuries were not even more serious.

“I also take into account the psychological impact (on the victim) of what took place.

“The impact upon him has been profound.”

Worley pleaded guilty to charges of attempted robbery, wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing.

Phillip Barnes, defending, said: “The defendant had almost no recollection of it taking place, or why it took place.

“He can only say he is appalled it took place.

“He would willingly take the opportunity to apologise to those he has injured and against whose property he has offended.

“He understands they may never want to see his face again.

“The offences occured out of the blue.

“The defendant has written a brief note in which he expresses remorse.”