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CCTV of Flemming during the robbery

Man who targeted Blackburn shop is jailed for 6 years

[caption id=”attachment_274093″ align=”alignleft” width=”250″] Reece Fleming[/caption]

A man who travelled from Manchester to target the Co-operative Store on Whalley New Road in Blackburn and steal cigarettes and cash has been jailed for six years at Preston Crown Court.

Reece Fleming, 31, of Therlmere Drive, Middleton, Manchester, appeared at Preston Crown Court today. He went into the Co-op at around 9.55pm on Thursday 3 May 2012 wearing a balaclava and gloves. He demanded money from the shop manager, a 28-year-old man, before fleeing the scene in a silver Vauxhall Astra, with a bag of cigarettes valued around £2900 and around £1500 cash.

The bag of cigarettes was discovered on the driveway of an address on Hereford Road and the car was later found abandoned on Monmouth Road.

Fleming was arrested after an investigation by Blackburn CID during which officers used CCTV evidence to link him to the scene.

Officer in the case DC Jen Lennon said: “Fleming travelled into Lancashire with the intent of

CCTV of Flemming during the robbery

committing this robbery. Whilst it was fortunate that no one was injured, his actions left both the shop manager and assistant very shaken and frightened. It is certainly not something they will be able to forget for a long time.

“Robbery is a very serious offence and I hope this sentence is a warning to those who think they can travel into Lancashire to commit crime. We will do everything we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”

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