Machete robber jailed for five years after Grantham shop raid

Dale Sumner has been jailed for five years.
Dale Sumner has been jailed for five years.
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Machete-wielding robber Dale Sumner has been jailed for five years following a terrifying raid on a Grantham shop.

Sumner, of Huntingtower Road, Grantham, admitted robbery at Derby Crown Court last week.

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The 22-year-old entered a rear outbuilding of Costcutter in Springfield Road on February 14 as staff were closing up for the day.

It is believed he was stealing items from a rear warehouse when a female member of staff came to the back door. Sumner grabbed the woman, put a 10-inch machete to her throat and marched her through the shop and to the till where he demanded she give him money.

Despite the terrifying predicament, the staff member was able to press a nearby panic button which triggered an alarm causing Sumner to flee from the shop.

Detective sergeant Jon Shield of Lincolnshire Police praised the bravery of the shop worker for her quick-thinking in “terrifying” circumstances.

He said: “Despite having a machete held to her neck she still had the presence of mind to raise the alarm.

“We would also like to thank several witnesses who were key to the investigation.”

Lincolnshire Police initially issued an appeal in an attempt to find the man who committed the offence but were able to link Sumner to the crime when his clothes were found dumped nearby.

The police announced they were seeking Sumner and, with the pressure mounting, he handed himself in.