Man jailed for Freckleton knifepoint robbery

A man who robbed a shop at knifepoint in Freckleton has been jailed.

Corey Gould, 21, of Butlers Meadow, Warton, was sentenced to five years in prison at Preston Crown Court.

In February police were called following reports of a robbery at the Co-Op in Lytham Road.

A man had entered the store with a knife and threatened a female staff member. The employee handed over £500 from the till with the offender making off from the scene.

Gould was quickly linked to the offence. When officers searched his address they recovered a knife matching the description of the blade used in the robbery, as well as a pair of trainers which matched marks left at the scene of the crime.

Several weeks later Gould was arrested and charged with robbery and possessing a knife in a public place.

He initially denied the offence but when faced with the evidence pleaded guilty.

Det Con Danny Farrell, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a harrowing ordeal for a shop worker who was faced with someone holding a knife and threatening her with it.

“I am happy that Gould had pleaded guilty to the offence to save her having to go through the ordeal over again.

“The sentence handed down shows that knife crime will not be tolerated.”

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