Father praised for turning in 'sandwich robber' to police

Garry Bell
Image caption Mr Bell was on his way to work when he was threatened

A 14-year-old who tried to steal a cheese and onion sandwich with a toy gun has been turned in by his father.

Nightshift laundry worker Garry Bell was walking to work on the A688 in Bishop Auckland, in Durham, on 7 August when he was approached by the youth.

The boy held what he thought was a real gun to his head and demanded his bag, but Mr Bell refused and he ran off.

The youth's father later took him to the police and he was given a final warning. Mr Bell praised the father.

The parent had found his son's toy gun and taken him to Durham Police.

A force spokesman confirmed officers had consulted Mr Bell who was happy the boy be given a warning.

Mr Bell said: "I wasn't afraid at the time because I thought it was a prank and there was a girl there and I thought he was showing off.

"I am happy with the lad getting a warning - his father showed good parenting by handing him in."

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