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Hammer attacker robber jailed over Cambridge shop raid


By Gemma Gardner


Patrick Hamilton, 43, pushed his way into the shop in Magdalene Street as a member of staff was unlocking the entrance door
Patrick Hamilton, 43, pushed his way into the shop in Magdalene Street as a member of staff was unlocking the entrance door

A robber, who barged his way into a jewellery shop, grabbed tens of thousands of pounds worth of rings and then struck a woman with a hammer, has been jailed.

Patrick Hamilton, 43, pushed his way into the shop in Magdalene Street, Cambridge, as a member of staff was unlocking the entrance door in the afternoon on March 16.

He broke the glass on a display counter using the hammer, grabbed jewellery and put it down his top.

The shop owner tried to stop him but he hit her around the head with the hammer before making off on a bike. He had stolen rings worth more than £75,000.

The shop owner was not seriously injured but did visit hospital as a precaution. Another shop assistant and a woman outside the shop who attempted to stop Hamilton both received minor injuries.

Hamilton was arrested at his home in Chesterton Road, Cambridge, on March 19 and was found with crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis on him. He refused to be interviewed by police and denied robbery, two counts of battery and possession of class A drugs and cannabis.

However, on Friday (August 17) Hamilton was found guilty on all counts at Cambridge Crown Court and was jailed for 10 years for the robbery. He was given lesser sentences for all the other charges, to run concurrently.

The shop worker and the member of the public were praised for their efforts.



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