Plymouth crossbow robbery men jailed

Two Plymouth men have been jailed for a raid in which a newsagent had a crossbow pointed at his face.

Lewis Wilde, 19, of Channel Park Avenue, and Bradley Thornton, 31, of Union Street, went into the shop armed with the crossbow and a knife.

Wilde shoved the crossbow into the shopkeeper's face and the tip of the bolt scratched his chin.

Both men admitted robbery and were jailed for three years at Plymouth Crown Court.

CCTV footage showed Wilde and Thornton threatening 34-year-old owner Xian Zheng with the weapons and seizing cash and tobacco from the shop in Efford Road on 29 December.

Wilde helped himself to a can of drink from the fridge, threw newspapers around the shop and threatened to shoot Mr Zheng with the crossbow.

Judge Paul Darlow told them: "I feel sorry for the other people affected by your actions, including the man whose premises these were who was just trying to go about his business."

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