Jail for robber who brandished knife

Paul Williams NNL-140428-103726005
Paul Williams NNL-140428-103726005

A 45-year-old man who threatened shop staff with a kitchen knife before making off with £400 in cash was jailed for 40 months at Oxford Crown Court last Thursday.

Paul Williams, of Gatteridge Street, Banbury admitted one count of robbery after the raid on the Co-op store in Middleton Road on April 18 last year.

Williams raided the store between 9.48am and 9.57pm together with 19-year-old accomplice.

Both men brandished knives and demanded a staff member hand over £400 in cash before they ran away.

Investigating officer DC Samantha Bonner gave her reaction to the sentence on Friday saying: “Paul Williams entered the Co-op Store in Middleton Road, Banbury on April 18, 2013 and threatened the staff with a kitchen knife to hand over money from the till.

“This is an extremely serious offence which put members of staff in fear for their safety and Thames Valley Police has ensured this offender has been brought to justice for his crime.”

She added: “We are pleased with the sentence that has been imposed.”

DS James Bonner of Banbury CID said Williams was arrested the day after the robbery after police used CCTV footage from the store to identify him.

He confirmed Williams had been identifiable as he was not wearing a disguise, but the 19-year-old was wearing a balaclava and has not been traced.

He said: “The incident was extremely traumatic for the staff concerned. Co-ops are regularly targeted by individuals and this one has been targeted before. Williams has been a prolific offender in one way or another for the past few years and it has been nice to lock him up for a substantial period of time.”

The Mid-Counties Co-operative did not wish to comment or allow members of its staff to comment on the robbery.

In addition to the jail term, Williams was ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.