Man pleads guilty to two knife point robberies in Clacton
A man has admitted to carrying out two violent robberies in businesses armed with a large knife in Clacton.
Simon Harrigan, 37, of Granville Road, Clacton, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, January 31). He is due to be sentenced on Wednesday, February 28.
At around 12pm on Saturday, November 4, Harrigan was caught on CCTV walking passed the Best One shop in High Street.
Shortly afterwards he changed direction, entered the shop and threatened a shop worker with a 10-inch long kitchen knife before demanding cash. He left the scene with between £350 and £400.
Later at 5.20pm, Harrigan walked in Corals, in Station Road, and grabbed a shop worker and held a knife against his neck. He left the scene with up to £300.
At 10.25pm police were to distance in Pier Avenue where Harrigan had been detained by door staff . He was arrested him before police searched his home and found clothing and the knife used.
Investigating officer Dc Robert Dines, of Clacton CID, said: “Harrigan carried out two violent robberies where he grabbed innocent members of staff and threatened them with a large kitchen knife while using threats of violence.
“Harrigan used his size to overpower his victims while terrified customers watched on. In each incident he left with hundreds of pounds.
“Thanks to town centre door staff and the prompt response of our officers, Harrigan was arrested, charged and put before the courts where he admitted all the offences.”