North East Wales

Staff 'courage' praised after raid on Llangollen Co-op

A judge has paid tribute to the bravery of shop workers after a knifepoint robbery in Denbighshire.

The comments were made after two men were jailed for four and a half years at Caernarfon Crown Court for the attack on a Co-op in Llangollen.

Nathan Hughes, 20, of Denbigh, and Geraint Hargreaves, 24, of no fixed abode, admitted robbery in January and possessing a kitchen knife.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said staff showed considerable courage.

The court was told how a member of staff grabbed Hargreaves, and his scarf came away in the struggle, revealing his face to CCTV cameras.

Both robbers were arrested the next day at Denbigh despite trying to hide from police.

One of the shop workers, a 17-year-old girl, had a knife held close to her neck. Another was punched.

Judge Hughes said: "Members of staff showed considerable courage when faced with a terrifying prospect of serious injury in what clearly was a determined attempt using the knife to rob them of cash.

"What they did was in the best possible spirit."

After the sentence, Detective Inspector Jo Ramessur Williams of North Wales Police said the robbers "believed that by living in a world of violence and fear they could take what they wanted from whoever they wanted with no consequences".

"This is clearly not the case."

"Both men have shown a lack of remorse for their actions. This was a violent and premeditated robbery which was made even worse by the use of a weapon in the offence."