Two men jailed for Towyn robbery


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

TWO men were filmed leaving the scene of a shop robbery on bicycles.

Benjamin Carter, aged 27, had a scarf over his face and pretended to have a knife in his pocket when he jumped over the counter and forced a terrified shop assistant to open the till.

He then fled on his bicycle with his haul of £200 – and look-out Lee Irvine, aged 18, peddled off with him.

Carter from Sprucewood Close in Anfield in Liverpool, who had not long been released from prison and was said to be short of cash while staying with his friend Irvine in Rhyl, was jailed for 32 months at Mold Crown Court.

Irvine, who had previous convictions including an earlier robbery, received 12 months youth custody. Both admitted robbery at the Fourways Spar store in Towyn Road, Towyn near Rhyl, on the evening of April 29.

The court heard how the robbery occurred in front of other customers, including a furious dad who was there with his little son.

The dad shouted that it was “big of them” to do something like that in front of a child, but they carried on cycling.

Prosecutor Emmalyne Downing told how it was 7pm when Carter with a
scarf covering his face jumped over the counter. He had his hand in his pocket and prodded him to the side and said to open the till or he would be stabbed. When the till was opened he put about £200 in a plastic bag,
jumped over the counter, ran out and cycled away with Irvine who had been keeping watch outside.

Miss Downing said that the victim had been left shocked and it was only later that he went to pieces, his sleep was affected and he suffered flash backs.

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