A MAN has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment after a series of robberies and attempted robberies in the Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales areas.
Stuart Samuel Murphy, from Chester, was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to the offences at Liverpool Crown Court.
An attempted robbery took place at Corbetts Bookmakers in Market Place, Winsford at 5.30pm on March 25.
A man entered the store and walked up to the counter. He then passed an empty bag over the counter and produced a large knife demanding that the cashier filled the bag with cash.
The cashier activated the alarm and the offender fled empty handed.
During the police investigation, it became apparent the same person was responsible for similar offences at book-makers within the Merseyside and North Wales force areas.
DC John Ryan of Northwich CID, who was responsible for the investigation into the attempted robbery at the Winsford bookmakers, said: 'The arrest and sentencing of this individual for these violent offences is mainly due to the co-operation of the public and their willingness to come forward and offer information. This support is greatly appreciated.'
He added: 'The liaison between the neighbouring police forces has also been a great asset in ensuring that Murphy has been brought to account for his actions.
'The residents of Cheshire can feel safe in the knowledge that if individuals take it upon themselves to commit violent crimes of this nature, we will ensure that those individuals will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.'
As well as the Winsford incident, offences were also carried out at Corbetts Bookmakers in Saltney on February 25 and March 30, with three offences taking place in Wirral on March 11 at Chris Pluck Racing, Thingwall Road, Irby; William Hill Racing, Market Street, Hoylake and Ladbrook Racing, Pasture Road, Moreton.