Armed robber tries to hold up betting shop with a knife… but is chased out by staff with a STAPLER

A robber high on drugs held up a bookies with  a kitchen knife – then fled when a female clerk pointed a stapler at  him.

Jonathon Ridley, 21, burst into a Betfred  shop in Ryton, Gateshead and threatened staff with a knife as he demanded  cash.

But when the manager grabbed a stapler and  told him to get out, he was taken aback and left without a penny.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how  Ridley, of  Denton View, Winlaton, Gateshead, walked into the betting  shop at around 7.10pm  on July 1 this year.

He approached the counter where the deputy  manager was alone on duty and  put down the six-inch kitchen knife and a  crumpled plastic bag.

He ordered her to ‘Fill the bag’, and she  replied, ‘What?’

He repeated his demand but the worker, who  had already been held up once before, picked up a stapler and told him to get  out.

The court heard how he looked at her in shock  before walking out of the shop as she called emergency services.

When he was arrested shortly afterwards,  Ridley still had the knife in his jumper.

He told police: ‘I did the robbery at the  bookies. I was on Ecstasy, I needed the money, I have nowhere to  live.’

In a statement to the court earlier  this  week, his victim told how she had been robbed in a shop once before and the  experience left her feeling anxious and insecure.

A Betfred bookmakers similar to the one where Mr Ridley held up staff with a kitchen knife but was scared off with a stapler

Target: A Betfred bookmakers similar to the one where Mr  Ridley held up staff with a kitchen knife but was scared off with a stapler  (file picture)

Nick Peacock, defending, said: ‘It is a  fairly unsophisticated attempt to rob a bookies.’

He said Ridley had just been released from  prison for a separate offence and had nowhere to stay, leaving him desperate for  cash.

Ridley was jailed for two years and eight  months.

Recorder Jeremy Freedman told him: ‘Anyone  who goes into a bookies with a knife and demands cash is guilty of very serious  criminal behaviour.

‘This young lady had the courage to tell you  to go away and thankfully you did.’

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