‘Amateur failure’: Two jailed after stealing Audi at knifepoint and trying to rob KFC

‘Newbie failure’: Two jailed after stealing Audi at knifepoint and attempting to rob KFC

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Steven Easthope, 29, Willowfield, Telford and Frank Ivors, 48, Warrensway, Telford, have been every jailed for 54 months once they sat at Shrewsbury Crown Court docket at Telford Native Court docket.

In the midst of the night time of September 7, 2021, the couple, who have been remanded in custody, have been concerned in a collection of crimes.

They have been each on the BP storage in Woodside, Telford at round 11pm when a person stopped to replenish an Audi.

As he paid for his fuel and returned to his automotive, the drunken, hooded pair approached the person and informed him “you are giving us a experience” in offensive language.

Philip Beardwell, prosecuting, mentioned that when he refused, Easthope pulled out a bread knife and informed the person he would kill him if he did not give him the pockets.

The sufferer handed over his pockets, informed it contained “not sufficient” and handed over his automotive keys.

He gave the keys to Ivors, who bought into the automotive however was unable to begin it.

Fearing an assault, the proprietor informed him begin the automotive, and Ivers and Easthope rapidly left the scene for the Madley Court docket Lodge.

Locals who later noticed the couple in Woodside described a canine crate they’d taken from the again of their automotive.

Then, about 45 minutes later, the pair drove to a KFC in Madely, the place Easthope walked into the restaurant, brandished a knife on the cashier and mentioned, “Get your cash out of the until or I am going to stab you.”

The cashier responded that he was working minimal wage and he did not care what occurred to him and would not hand over the cash.

He added that he had pressed the panic button and that police have been on their method.

Easthope then left the constructing and Ivors, who didn’t have a driver’s license or insurance coverage, drove them to Ironbridge Highway, the place they have been stopped by police and arrested.

Ivers was discovered to have 55ml of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the authorized restrict of 35ml.

Neither was interviewed by police.

The courtroom heard statements from two victims, with the primary saying: “Being threatened with a knife was probably the most horrific expertise of my life.”

Decide Julian Taylor was informed the sufferer was traumatized by the expertise and he needed to transfer out to stay together with his household whereas he recovered.

Mr Beardwell added that the person had bought the automotive because of the expertise, required six weeks’ depart and was now being spooked by masked males late at night time.

Niall Skinner, who mitigated the sentence for Easthope, mentioned he accepted his position within the incidents, including there was “a component of full newbie failure in these offences”.

Rob Edwards exonerated Ivors, saying he had pleaded responsible to the offenses and expressed real regret, which was accepted by the courtroom.

He added: “He had good perception into his crimes.”

Sentencing Decide Taylor mentioned: “These are critical issues, you have been drunk and also you each took some type of substance.”

He added that it was a “very distressing scenario” for each victims, telling Easthope it was solely as a result of KFC workers got here ahead that the second theft was unsuccessful.

Each males have been equally responsible and “deserved the identical sentence”, he added.

Each pleaded responsible to theft, tried theft and possession of a sharpened object.

Ivors was additionally disqualified from driving for 12 months – which was prolonged to 27 months to keep in mind his jail time period.


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