A man has been jailed after he carried out an armed robbery at a petrol station in Ellesmere Port.

Kenneth Brown, of Heathfield Road, went to a service station on Whitby Road at about 8pm on October 19 while he was carrying a knife.

The 58-year-old, who was wearing a balaclava, then demanded an employee open the till.

He climbed over the counter and stole £150 before fleeing on foot.

Brown was later identified and arrested at his home after police spoke to witnesses and reviewed CCTV footage.

He later pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a knife in a public place before being sentenced to seven and a half years in prison at Chester Crown Court.

Detective Constable Josie Fergus, who had a key role in the investigation, said: “The woman who was behind the counter at the petrol station was subjected to a terrifying ordeal that understandably left her extremely shaken up.

“Thankfully, through CCTV footage, information provided by witnesses and forensic work, we were able to establish that Kenneth Brown was responsible for the armed robbery.

“He is a persistent offender who has committed similar offences in the past.

“I am delighted that he has been handed a significant custodial sentence.

“With Brown being behind bars facing the consequences of his actions, he cannot pose a threat to the Ellesmere Port community.

“I hope that Brown’s conviction and the sentence he has received brings some closure to the victim.

“I also hope that this case acts as a deterrent to other people and stops them from committing similar crimes.”

Brown was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £190.

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, Cheshire Constabulary’s knife crime lead, added: “We are committed to doing all we can to tackle knife crime.

“We will respond robustly to any knife related incidents and do all we can to ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence is brought to justice.

“Members of the public have a vital role to play in our fight against knife crime by giving us information about crimes involving knives and those who carry weapons.138329043104

“I would like to thank the members of the public who aided this robbery investigation and helped us secure the conviction.”

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I would like to thank all the officers and detectives that have been involved in this investigation.

“As a result of their sterling work, and the information provided by members of the public, an armed robber has been taken off our streets.”

Extracted in full from: https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/petrol-station-worker-terrified-knife-19435915