A Ferndown man has been jailed for an attempted armed robbery in West Moors.
58-year-old Daniel Holland pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Bournemouth Crown Court today, and was handed a four-year prison sentence for the robbery and ordered to serve one year’s imprisonment – to run at the same time – for possessing a knife.
The court heard that at 5:30am on Friday 14th March, Holland entered the Tesco Express store on Station Road wearing a beanie-style hat pulled over his face with two holes cut out for eyes.
He was also holding a weapon, which is now known to be a plastic tube with plastic bags wrapped around it. Two members of staff were in the store, and a male challenged Holland – grabbing the object from him.
The offender fled the scene, discarding his beanie hat and a carrier bag containing a knife. Holland was arrested by Avon and Somerset Police officers in Minehead on Monday 17th March.
Detective Constable James Lees of Bournemouth and Poole CID said: “I commend the prompt action and bravery of the store staff that enabled a swift police response.
“Good witness accounts aided a thorough police investigation which successfully brought the offender to justice.”