Knifeman is locked up after deadly threat to brave shop worker

A knife-wielding robber holds up the Corton Beach Garage, on Central Drive
A knife-wielding robber holds up the Corton Beach Garage, on Central Drive
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This is the terrifying moment a shopkeeper was threatened at knife-point by a masked robber yelling: “Give me the money or I will kill you.”

Karl Parry, 20, stormed into the Corton Beach garage on Central Drive before brandishing the weapon and demanding cash and cigarettes.

A knife-wielding robber holds up the Bargain Booze, on Central Drive

A knife-wielding robber holds up the Bargain Booze, on Central Drive

Just two days later he struck again at Bargain Booze, also on Central Drive, where he stole money to settle his drugs debts.

Parry was sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institute after admitting both offences in November.

Det Sgt Stuart Reid, of Blackpool CID, said: “Parry committed both these robberies using a large knife to terrorise his victims as they went about their daily business.

“This would have been an extremely frightening experience for them.”

Preston Crown Court was told Parry had fled Liverpool to escape drug dealers, but was tracked down and beaten with a fire extinguisher.

He targeted two stores to steal money to help pay off his drugs debt, which had escalated to £1,500.

On November 22, Parry went into the garage with his face covered and holding a knife in his right hand. His other hand was in his pocket, making the shape of a gun.

He threw a bag on the counter and demanded cash and cigarettes, which the cashier handed over.

However, the cashier, who has since been forced to leave his job as a result of the traumatic ordeal, chased Parry out and was able to tell police which way he had gone.

Luqman Patel, manager of Corton Beach garage, said: “It is good he (Parry) has been captured and convicted. The cashier did the most important job, he saw which way (Parry) was going and saw which house he had gone inside.

“We have been here more than 10 years and this was the first time someone has come with a knife and robbed us.”

The court heard Parry was arrested in Liverpool on December 11 but not before committing the robbery at Bargain Booze on November 24.

Janet Ironfield, defending, said: “He was in debt to drug dealers over cannabis and violence had been used against him. He says he was beaten up more than once. He thought his family would be attacked.

“He had been tracked down over a £400 drug debt and told that interest had escalated the figure to £1,500. He says he had been stabbed to the head and hit with a fire extinguisher.

“He felt he had no choice but to do what he did.”

Det Sgt Riley, who oversaw the investigation being carried out by Det Cons Steve Montgomery and Madeleine Sawyer, said afterwards: “This was a difficult investigation with the offender being new to the area when he committed these offences to pay off debts accrued through his own criminal behaviour.

“He planned each robbery, covering his identity in an attempt to evade capture. He would have undoubtedly committed further offences.”