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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Cumbria robbery attempt - duo face sentence

TWO Cumbria armed robbers will be sentenced next month.

Stephen Robert Killip appeared in Lancaster Crown Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possessing a hunting knife.

The 20-year-old, originally of Summer Hill, Bootle, attempted to rob Michelle Rawlinson of cash on February 26 last year, and was found with a hunting knife at Greenodd Service Station.

The service station has since closed.

His co-defendant, Nicholas Rowan Walker, of Osmotherley, near Ulverston, had already pleaded guilty to two identical charges but had been remanded in custody after breaching a previous licence.

Police were called at around 1.30pm on February 26 last year when staff at the service station were threatened by the pair.

After staff shouted for help the men made off empty-handed and no members of staff were injured during the incident.

Judge Jacqueline Beech yesterday adjourned the case for sentence at Lancaster Crown Court.

In 2011 the pair pleaded guilty of aggravated burglary in Carlisle Crown Court after attacking an elderly couple in their Ravenglass home in November 2010 and demanding money.

Walker, of Higher Lath Farm, had knocked on the couple’s door asking to use their phone after his car ran out of petrol.

He was welcomed into the home of the elderly couple.

After entering the couple’s home he knocked the man to the ground and demanded money from him.

Killip, of Summerhill, Bootle, then followed Walker into the house wearing a balaclava and threatened the man’s wife with a knife.

Killip, then 17, was sentenced to four years’ detention and Walker, then 18, was sentenced to three years, eight months.

Both men had been released early when they committed the offence in Greenodd.

Both men have been remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned for sentence for both men until March 17.

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