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Four years behind bars for sandwich shop robber - Manchester

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A drug user who terrorised two staff members of staff in a robbery at a Manchester sandwich shop has been jailed for four years, following a British Transport Police investigation.


Shane Doyle, aged 36, of Dalbury Drive, Manchester, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Friday, 10 February, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and was sentenced to four years in jail.


On Sunday, 23 October last year,   shortly before 11.30pm,  Doyle entered the Subway shop on Piccadilly Approach. The shop was closed with two female staff members inside who were finishing up for the day.

Doyle repeatedly shouted ‘this is a robbery’ to the two terrified young women while pushing one of them towards the staff  door demanding money from the safe.



When the staff member told him she did not have access to the safe, he then demanded money and mobile phones from the two women.


As they cowered by the counter Doyle became more aggressive and picked up a chair, raising it up in the air.


One of the women held out her mobile phone to Doyle and as he grabbed for it she managed to climb over some seating, and headed towards the exit, when Doyle slapped her in the face.


Her colleague managed to pull him off her so that she could escape. She flagged down a passing British Transport Police officer nearby who immediately arrested Doyle as he was leaving the shop.


In police interview Doyle claimed that due to the amount of crack cocaine and heroin he had taken he could remember nothing of the incident.


Investigating officer DC Craig Halpin said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the two women. Both were left extremely shaken and distressed by what happened.

“Doyle has now been classified as a ‘dangerous offender’, a label that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

“Once he leaves jail he will remain on licence for four years so that, should he commit another violent or serious offence he will immediately be sent back to jail to serve four years.

“He now has a chance to consider his actions while behind bars, and I hope he will use that time to reflect on what he has done.”


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