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Police describe Jack Barnes as a 'violent and determined armed robber'
A man who slashed a sales assistant in the face during a robbery has today been sentenced.
Jack Barnes (born 05/12/88), of Lord Street, Kearsley, Bolton was sentenced on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at Bolton Crown Court to three years.
He pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery at an earlier hearing.
On Thursday 26 January 2012 Barnes walked along Long Causeway from the direction of Kearsley towards the BP garage.
Once he arrived he waited outside the main door for two customers to leave the shop.
He ran inside with his hood up, brandishing a large kitchen knife. He ran towards the cashier who was stood behind a counter and shouted "Give me your money.
He motioned towards the cashier who was forced backwards to avoid being struck with the knife.
Barnes lunged at the cashier again, he gave the cashier no chance at all to comply with his demands.
He turned towards the other assistant who was stacking shelves near the counter and ran towards him shouting "Give me your money now”.
He grabbed him by the throat and pushed the blade into his cheek, leaving a three inch long wound.
The assistant was left with little choice but to fight back, he fought with Barnes pushing him back. During the attack Barnes sustained slash marks on the back of his hand.
This caused his to run out of the shop empty handed.
DC Adam Gleave from Bolton CID, said: "Barnes was a violent determined robber, he held his victims at knife point leaving one with scars to his face and hands.
"The staff at this store were traumatised by what happened to them, but hopefully this result will provide some comfort to the victims knowing that the Barnes is behind for this robber and is serving a long sentence in prison.”