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Ferndown man Daniel Holland jailed for failed armed robbery in West Moors

By DavidBol  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

  • Daniel Holland was jailed for four years after an attempted armed robbery at the Tesco Express store in West Moors

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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.”

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