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Knifepoint robber jailed after Co-op worker recognised him from school

The man begged the woman not to tell police after he held a 30cm blade to her throat.

A knifeman who robbed a Co-op shop has been jailed after he was recognised by a female shop worker he used to go to school with.

Jacob Simpkin, 24, grabbed the woman from behind, held a 30cm knife to her throat and demanded to be taken to the safe at the shop in Peterborough.

She led him there, and as her colleague opened the safe and placed around £7,000 in a black sports bag, she caught a glimpse of Simpkin’s face.

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Jacob Simpkin, 24, was jailed at Cambridge Crown Court for four years for robbery. (Cambridgeshire Police/ PA)

The woman confronted Simpkin, who begged her not to tell police then fled with the cash on December 20 last year.

He was arrested the following day and later admitted robbery at Cambridge Crown Court, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Simpkin, of Appleyard, Peterborough, was jailed for four years on Monday.

Detective Constable Stuart Cooper said: “This was a terrifying experience for the people in the shop; thankfully nobody was hurt.

“I’d like to thank the witness who recognised Simpkin for having the courage to come forward and report what she knew.”

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