Knifeman jailed for shop raid

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A MAN who raided his corner shop for money to feed his alcohol addiction and for his family has been jailed for 32 months.

Elliot Neild, 33, robbed the Co-op on Tanfields, Skelmersdale, with a knife tucked into his waistband along with a plastic bag. Liverpool Crown Court heard that it was at 8.25am on August 29 when Neild walked into the shop, where he was well known for buying cider, and demanded the cashier empty the till.

Despite attempting to mask his features, he was identified and quickly arrested after leaving with £30 in cash, said Peter Barr, prosecuting.

Neild, of Inglewhite, Skelmersdale, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to robbery. Jailing him, the Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, told him: “You carried out the robbery at knifepoint and took £30.

“It is unlikely you would have been able to do anything other than satisfy for a short period your addiction to alcohol. You caused great anxiety, stress and distress.”