Knife wielding raider jailed for Co-op robbery

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

Friday, 21st December 2018, 4:50 pm
Updated Friday, 21st December 2018, 4:53 pm
Knifeman Corey Gould has been jailed for five years

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, Freckleton.

A man had entered the store with a knife and threatened a female staff member who handed over £500 from the till.

Gould was quickly linked to the offence and 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. Gould initially denied the offence but when faced with the evidence pleaded guilty.

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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.”