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Luke Ashton jailed for six years for armed robbery

A MAN been jailed for six years for a robbery at Bargain Booze in Penwortham.

Luke Ashton, 20, of Ryefield Avenue, Penwortham, received the custodial sentence at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 4 February) after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm at an earlier hearing.

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The robbery took place at 10.30pm on 30 November 2013 at the shop on Pope Lane.

Ashton, who was wearing a balaclava, threatened a 20-year-old female shop assistant with a shotgun whilst making demands for money. He took £600 in cash from the till before running out of the shop.

PC Dom Webster from Leyland CID said: “We will always seek to identify those responsible for this type of crime and put them before the courts.

“We will simply not tolerate acts of this nature and hope that this sentencing will now make the area a safer place.”

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