Jail for armed robber

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A robber who held two Adlington shop workers at gunpoint has been jailed.

George Montgomery, 57, of Bickershaw Lane, Wigan, followed a member of staff through a rear shutter door into the Co-operative, on Bolton Road, shortly before 6am on October 10.

George Montgomery

George Montgomery

He pointed a handgun at the manager and told him to pull the shutters down, before forcing him to go into an office with his colleague.

They were instructed to open the safe and put the contents into a bag.

A total of £650 in coins was taken.

Montgomery then cut the telephone cable with a knife and told workers to lie down.

He left the building, escaping in a Ford Transit van which was parked nearby.

A week later, the same Ford Transit van was stopped in Atherton, Wigan, and a backpack used in the robbery, still containing approximately £400 in coins, was found.

Police searched Montgomery’s property and found an imitation firearm and a balaclava, believed to have been used in the robbery.

He initially denied the offence, saying he found the bag of money, gun and a balaclava in a street.

But Montgomery pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court and was jailed for six years and eight months for armed robbery.

After sentencing, DC Phil Hampson, from Leyland CID said: “This was a planned and calculated robbery that saw two innocent members of the public held at gunpoint by Montgomery, who was wearing a balaclava.

“The sentence given reflects the severity of this frightening ordeal that they were put through and I hope that it can bring them some closure.”