A MAN who tried to rob a Newbury bookmakers with an imitation handgun has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Michael Williams, aged 39, of Hutton Close, Newbury, pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday), to one count of attempted robbery, and one count of possession of an imitation firearm.
Police were called to Ladbrokes in Faraday Road, Newbury at around 5pm on January 28 after Williams entered the betting shop and threatened customers and staff with the fake gun.
Williams demanded money but ran off empty handed after the staff member raised the alarm.
No one was injured during the incident.
Following an investigation by police Williams was arrested on January 30 and charged on January 31.
At the sentencing at Reading Crown Court yesterday Williams was given four years' imprisonment for attempted robbery, and two-and- a-half years' imprisonment for possession of an imitation firearm to run concurrently.
Investigating Officer, Det Con Alastair Nicholls, of Force CID based at Newbury police station, said: "This was an aggravated robbery in which Williams used an imitation firearm, and it was very clear that he intended to cause fear to customers and staff.
"Thames Valley Police will not tolerate the criminal use of firearms, imitation or otherwise.
"We will robustly and swiftly seek to bring anyone involved with any such offences to justice as we have with Williams".