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Stirling convenience store knife raider jailed

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Image caption A court heard Richard McPhee subjected the shop worker to a "very frightening" experience

A man who threatened a Stirling shop worker with a knife before stealing £980 from the till has been jailed for six years.

Richard McPhee, 35, held up the Day Today shop in Drip Road on 25 November.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told that McPhee brandished the knife at 27-year-old Lilita Mierina and forced her to open the till.

Detectives said that although Ms Mierina was not injured she had been left "extremely shaken and upset".

McPhee, also of Stirling, was sentenced after previously admitting a charge of armed robbery.

The court heard that officers recognised McPhee from Ms Mierina's description and he was arrested the following day.

Det Con Lauren Wotherspoon said: "This was a very frightening experience for the shop worker and, while she was uninjured during the robbery, the incident left her extremely shaken and upset.

"As a result of our investigation, we established that McPhee lived nearby and this appears to have been his motive for targeting the store.

"His sentence reflects the commitment of both Police Scotland and the Crown Office to identify those who carry or use weapons and remove them from our communities."

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