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Ewloe man jailed for attempted robbery at Blackburn takeaway

A EWLOE man, who tried to rob a Blackburn takeaway while brandishing an imitation firearm, has been jailed for five years four months.

Wayne Lammond, 24, from Yowley Road, went into Chester’s Chicken and Pizza, on Copy Nook, Blackburn, armed with an imitation firearm at about 4pm on November 6, 2008.

He threw a plastic bag over the counter and demanded money from the shop assistant, a 32- year-old man, before firing pellets and making off empty- handed. The man suffered minor injuries and was left shaken by the ordeal.

Lammond was identified after his fingerprints were found on the carrier bag he had left behind at the takeaway.

Following extensive enquiries by Blackburn CID working with Cheshire Constabulary and North Wales Police, he was arrested by Cheshire police officers on January 21 on Cromwell Road, Ellesmere Port.

He appeared at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

DC Jenny Hammond, of Blackburn CID, said: “This has been a long and complicated investigation involving numerous police forces and I am satisfied with the sentence.

“Offences like this are extremely rare and the member of staff involved was left frightened by the ordeal.

“Lammond is a dangerous man who now faces a lengthy prison sentence as a result of his actions.”

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