Lancashire

Armed robber phoned Lancashire police to confess

An armed robber phoned police to confess because he "felt remorse".

Stephen Meakin, 26, from Accrington, Lancashire, called police on 6 February and admitted robbing a Bargain Booze on Whalley Road the day before.

He and Daniel McGrath, 26, both of Whalley Road, had threatened a 22-year-old shop assistant with a knife and stolen several hundred pounds.

Both pleaded guilty to robbery at Burnley Crown Court and will be sentenced on 2 September.

Meakin also pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon in a public place.

Speaking afterwards, Det Supt Paul Langley from Lancashire police said: "Clearly Meakin was feeling some remorse for what he had done, although it is very unusual to receive a phone call confession from an offender."

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