Man jailed for ‘terrifying’ petrol station robbery
A THUG who carried out a “terrifying” robbery at a filling station has been sent to prison.
David Williamson, from South Mimms, attacked a shop assistant at the BP filling station in Ware Road, Hoddesdon, in the early hours of February 4 this year.
Williamson, who did not disguise his face, demanded money from the till, before repeatedly punching the employee in the face.
He then fled with cash and cigarettes alongside his younger accomplice Christian Bond.
The worker suffered minor injuries in the 5am attack, while another employee was left terrified by the incident.
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Williamson, 30, of Blanche Lane, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery at Luton Crown Court on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Bond, 19, of Essex Road, Hoddesdon, also admitted taking part in the robbery.
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Williamson was incarcerated for three-and-a-half years, while Bond was sent to a young offenders’ institute for 30 months.
Herts police said they were pleased to have secured convictions in this case and issued a warning to would-be offenders.
Detective inspector Neil Waring, who is based at Hoddesdon police station, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the two members of staff and I am pleased that the two offenders have been given custodial sentences.
“Residents in Broxbourne should feel reassured that we are working hard to ensure the borough remains a safe place.
“We will continue to bring offenders before the courts and ensure they are dealt with for the crimes they commit.”