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A 24-year-old man from Wirral who committed a robbery at knifepoint in a New Ferry betting shop has been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison

Derek Kenny, of St. Anne Street, Birkenhead was sentenced yesterday (20 December) at Liverpool Crown Court to 12 years in prison for the offence which took place on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

At around 8.00pm, Kenny entered Ladbrokes on Bebington Road, New Ferry armed with a knife. He threatened staff and jumped over the counter, before pressing the knife into a staff members back and making demands for the safe to be opened. He then made off with a quantity of cash. He was later arrested following local enquiries which led officers to a nearby property, where a knife was also recovered.

Detective Inspector, Mike Dalton said: “” This was an incident where thankfully nobody was physically hurt, but people were left understandably very shaken. Staff who were going about their daily business were confronted with what must have been a terrifying situation. Hopefully the sentencing for this offence will go some way to reassuring them that we will not tolerate this type of criminality and will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“This sentence sends a very clear message and shows how seriously both the courts and the police take offences of robbery at local businesses on Merseyside.

“I can reassure people that we do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice and I hope the result at court will give the victims some sense of closure and allow them to move forward with their lives”

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