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Halloween-masked armed robber jailed for incident in Leigh

Halloween-masked armed robber jailed for incident in Leigh
A man has been jailed for five and a half years after he carried out an armed robbery at a betting shop in Leigh wearing a Halloween mask.

Dean Page, 30, of Preston Gardens, Rayleigh, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, February 2, where he received five years and six months for robbery and one year for possession of a knife, to run concurrently.

Page, who admitted the offences on Friday, December 22, was also ordered to pay £400 compensation to the betting shop and £170 victim surcharge. The knife has been seized and will be destroyed.

At around 8.30pm on Wednesday, November 1, Page walked into Ladbrokes, in Rayleigh Road, Leigh, wearing a Halloween mask and jumped onto the counter holding a knife.

He threatened two members of staff and demanded cash, before leaving with around £400.

Officers quickly identified the suspect and after attending Page’s home without reply, he handed himself into Southend police station on Tuesday, November 21. 

DI Chris Rose, of Southend CID, said: “Page carried out a terrifying robbery armed with a large knife wearing a Halloween mask. The victims were unharmed but have been left shaken by the ordeal they suffered.

“My team was quick to identify Page as the suspect and increased the pressure on him before he walked into custody and admitted the offences.

“I would like to praise the victims for their courage and bravery and Ladbrokes for supporting us throughout our investigations. I would also like to praise the investigating officer, Dc Chris Adam, for his hard work ahead and after charge, which resulted in Page being jailed.”

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