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Robber jailed for syringe hold up in West Lothian

A robber has been jailed for five years and three months after holding up post office staff with a hypodermic needle in West Lothian.

James Wilson, 30, initially chatted about the weather before demanding cash at the shop in Ochilview Square, Armadale on 14 December 2013.

However, Wilson was foiled when the 63-year-old post-master challenged him with a baseball bat.

Wilson admitted attempted robbery at the High Court in Glasgow.

Heard commotion

Wilson came in and started talking about the weather before a worker said his "temper changed" and he brandished a syringe.

He then said: "Give me the money - it is not a joke or I'll stick you."

Post-master Ray Lobban heard the commotion, grabbed a baseball bat and ran at Wilson.

Wilson fled empty-handed and went to the home of a friend.

Police later found him at the property.

Lady Rae said the jail-term would have been seven years, but for the guilty plea.

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