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Co-Op robber from Hounslow collared by police after dangerous car chase – MyLondon

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A robber who was arrested after police chased a stolen car through West Drayton has been jailed and banned from driving.

Paul Ward, 39, was collared by officers on December 30 last year after they tracked him down to High Street.

Ward drove quickly and dangerously in a bid to shirk off police but eventually lost control.

He found himself pursued after he helped rob a Co-Op in affluent Iver, Buckinghamshire, just outside the M25.

Ward, who is originally from Hounslow, walked into the store at around 7.20pm armed with a hammer, while an accomplice was seen brandishing a screwdriver.

They robbed the supermarket on the corner of Denham Road and Thornbridge Road just days after Christmas, and threatened the cashier to open the till.

When the cashier said he couldn’t the pair jammed the screwdriver in and forced the drawer unit out.

The thieves fled with the till drawer in a stolen car; by the time police traced him down, Ward was driving alone in West Drayton.

After he lost control of the car he jumped out and started running away – but it wasn’t long before officers caught up and arrested Ward.

The other suspect has still not been identified.

The Co-Op in Thornbridge Road, Iver

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, Ward has been sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for a total of three years and six months.

He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, one count of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and one count of dangerous driving.

Ward, who was charged with the offences on December 31, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on April 12.

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Following the sentencing hearing, detective constable Nicholas Widdison said: “Ward used threatening behaviour towards a shop worker in order take cash.

“He also drove dangerously putting others’ lives at risk to try and escape from officers.

“Thames Valley Police will not tolerate those who seek to carry out such offences”.

“In this case the second offender remains unidentified; we would ask anyone with information who can assist in bringing him to justice to please get in touch”.

Anyone with information can call 101 or visit our website quoting reference 43180395869 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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