June 2, 2011 1.29 pm This story is over 153 months old

Five years jail term for Lincoln robber

Robber jailed: A Lincoln man was jailed for five years after the robbed a city shop with a fake gun.

A 37-year-old man was sentenced to five years in jail after he robbed a shop in Lincoln using an immitation gun.

James Thompson (37), of Bargate Street, Lincoln, was jailed on Wednesday at Lincoln Crown Court.

He had admitted charges of robbery on May 23 at Select and Save on Baggholme Road. Thompson had threatened staff with an imitation gun and stolen £40 cash.

During the hearing, judge Morris praised the actions of shop workers Christine Weir and Amanda Awajan, who stayed calm, followed the offender out of the shop and called the police immediately.

After the hearing DC Stuart Donnelly, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “This is a fantastic result for the people of Lincoln.

“It was a dreadful experience for the shopkeeper and we hope this demonstrates our commitment to detecting serious crime like this in the city.”

Source: Lincolnshire Police