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Man sentenced after knifepoint shop robbery

Written by on July 3, 2020

A man has been jailed for a knifepoint shop robbery in Burnley. 

Matthew Whittaker, 25, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, July 2) after the incident earlier this year.

Police were around 11am on March 12 to reports of an incident at a Spar in Manchester Road.

A man had entered the store carrying a knife. He threatened staff, stealing a quantity of cigarettes and £100 from the till before making off from the scene.

Following enquiries Whittaker was identified as a suspect and quickly arrested.

He was charged with robbery and possession of a knife in a public place.

Whittaker pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Det Con Martin Vernon, of Burnley Police, said: “This was a shocking incident which left the staff involved very shaken and upset.

“Initial enquiries with staff suggested a man had entered the store the previous day and had been acting suspiciously.

“Following investigation this man was identified as Whittaker and he was quickly arrested and charged.

“He is clearly a dangerous offender who now has time to reflect on his actions in prison.”