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Four years in jail for robber who bragged on Facebook

By Ben Kendall

A robber who boasted about plans for an armed raid on Facebook has been sentenced to four years' jail.

Andrew Hennells posted a comment on the social networking site reading "Doing. Tesco. Over" at 7.25pm on February 13.

Fifteen minutes later, Norfolk Police were alerted by a member of the public to a man demanding cash at a branch of the store in King's Lynn.

Sentencing him for armed robbery, judge Anthony Bate told Norwich Crown Court that Hennells posed a "high risk of serious harm to the public".

The court heard armed police were deployed after the alarm was raised.

Hennells had escaped after stealing a car belonging to a retired couple who had stopped to use a cashpoint.

Officers tracked him down to a nearby pub. He was carrying a knife and £410 in stolen cash.

The 31-year-old, of Riverview Way, Gaywood, admitted robbery and carrying a knife as an offensive weapon. Another count of robbery relating to the car-jacking was left to lie on file.

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