Scunthorpe

A man and a woman were jailed for a total of seven-and-a-half years after carrying out an armed robbery at a petrol station in Scunthorpe.

Grimsby Crown Court heard how the masked pair of Gary Hird and Sophie Glennon burst into the Grange Lane South business at around 3.50am on Monday, December 14, 2020.

They threatened a member of staff with a meat cleaver and stole cash and scratch cards.

Less than two hours later, Humberside Police officers working as part of Operation Galaxy arrived at Glennon’s house.

They arrested her and then Hird, who was found hiding under a pile of laundry.

A number of scratch cards identified as those that were stolen, and cash, were also found at the address and seized by police.

Gary Hird was jailed for four-and-a-half years. | Photo: Humberside Police

Hird, 34, of Lilywood Road, Broughton and Glennon, 24, of Bellingham Road in Scunthorpe, both admitted their role in the attack at the petrol station.

Hird was jailed for four-and-a-half years. Glennon was jailed for three years after admitting robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Sophie Glennon was jailed for three years. | Photo: Humberside Police

Detective Constable Jane Jackson of Humberside Police said: “This was an extremely frightening attack, which left their victim in fear of his life.

“He had no idea of their intentions and even now he is nervous when working the night shift in case it happens again.

“No one should be made to feel unsafe at their place of work and I hope that knowing that they are now safely behind bars will help him to regain his confidence.

“I would also like to praise my team for their swift work in identifying and locating Glennon and Hird, who were in custody just hours after committing the offence.”

Nearly 100 illegal counterfeit viagra tablets, a bag of cannabis and a rounders bat were seized from a vehicle in Scunthorpe.

Intel led Humberside Police to stop the vehicle on Ashby Road at 11pm on Monday, January 18.

The vehicle was suspected of being involved in drug supply and 98 Sildamax, which is illegal counterfeit viagra, was among the items seized.

The vehicle was suspected of being involved in drug supply. | Photo: Humberside Police

Illegal counterfeit viagra, a bag of cannabis and a rounders bat were seized. | Photo: Humberside Police

Humberside Police said a 36-year-old man received a warning for possession of a small quantity of cannabis and enquiries are ongoing regarding the other items seized.

Scunthorpe United have signed central defender George Taft on loan from fellow League Two club Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.

The six foot three defender has made a total of 184 senior appearances during his career, including five in all competitions since signing for Bolton last summer.

The 27-year-old began his career with hometown club Leicester City in 2011 and progressed through the academy.

During his time with the Foxes, he spent time on loan at Kettering Town and York City, as well as at Swedish club Karlstad BK.

Taft, has also represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 levels, then moved to Burton Albion in 2014.

After two seasons with Burton and a loan spell at Cambridge United he move to Mansfield Town.

Following further loan spells at Cambridge, he moved there permanently in 2018 for two years before joining Bolton in July 2020.

Scunthorpe return to action with a home league match against Bradford City on Saturday, January 9.

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