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Man threatened Cambridge shop worker with knife

A man who threatened a shop worker in Cambridge at knife point has been jailed.

Anthony Gawthrop went into the Co-Op in Milton Road on the afternoon of 29 December and approached a member of staff behind the till.

CCTV image of Anthony Gawthrop
CCTV image of Anthony Gawthrop

He pointed the blade at him and demanded he open the till and empty the contents into a plastic bag.

The 38-year-old left the store with around £200 in cash.

Gawthrop was arrested for a separate offence when he admitted carrying out the robbery to officers in custody.

At Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (16 February), Gawthrop, of no fixed address, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after previously pleading guilty to robbery.

Anthony Gawthrop
Anthony Gawthrop

Detective Constable Matthew Lander said: “This sentence demonstrates the seriousness with which the police and the courts take robbery and knife crime.

“Although the victim in this case was not harmed, the terror he must have felt as a result of Gawthrop’s actions, would have been awful. I hope this sentence provides the victim with some sense of satisfaction and closure.”

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