Man admits false imprisonment of his manager

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A Chorley man has pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of his manager.

Ben Thompson, 23, of Hornby Road, Chorley, appeared at Preston Crown Court today (Tuesday, January 31) where he entered the guilty plea.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a knife or bladed article in a public place.

Thompson turned up at Halifax on Fishergate in Preston – where he was working at the time but was off sick – on November 1, 2011.

He asked to see his manager before tying him to a chair whilst threatening him with a knife.

As police approached the premises, Thompson went to the door and the manager escaped out of the fire exit.

He surrendered to police and he was arrested.

DC Darren Caunce from Preston CID said: “No demands were made for money during the incident. It is an unusual case.

“Such offences will not be tolerated in Lancashire. I am pleased that Thompson has pleaded guilty and will now be sentenced for the offences.”

He will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on March 5.