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Jail for violent robber who stole vulnerable victim’s most treasured possessions

A robber has been jailed after threatening a vulnerable man and stealing one of his most loved possessions.

Lee Thompson, aged 26, forced his way into the victim’s home in Northwood, Worksop on 22 October 2020, demanding to search the man’s home as he believed his bank card had been posted to his home.

Thompson who was drunk at the time continued to be aggressive towards the victim and threatened to kill him by holding a fork and pen to his neck and demanding money.

Not content with the money, he then stole the victim’s PlayStation 3 along with over 10 games, a pair of cycling gloves and some alcohol that was in the victim’s home before warning the man not to call the police.

Three days later, officers received a 999 call from the victim stating someone was banging heavily on his door causing him to be scared and hide for fear of what could happen.

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Police then attended and identified Thompson as the suspect involved.

After noticing Thompson holding a tray of confectionary items, officers then investigated and found a nearby bakery on Prospect Precinct, Worksop, had been broken into with the front door to the shop being smashed to pieces.

Thompson, of Wilton Street, Townhead, Coatbridge, pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary and failure to surrender.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (10 February) he was jailed for five years and four months.

Detective Constable Lisa Porter, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and left him understandable upset and scared.

“Thompson demanded entry into the victim’s home and then set about threatening him and stealing his most loved possessions that the victim had worked hard for and brought him happiness.

“This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable not only did Thompson rob a vulnerable man but he also then went on to burglar a business.

“These sorts of offences not only impact their victims financially but also emotionally too and cause a great deal of distress and that is why we will always do everything possible to find those responsible and bring them to justice for their actions.

“I am pleased Thompson has now been brought to justice and hope he uses his time behind bars to really think about his actions and the impact they’ve had on the victim and to reevaluate his life and think about the impact behaviour like this has on others.”

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