Two robbers jailed after Barrow toilet attack

First published in Ribchester

TWO robbers have been jailed after a customer was mugged in the toilets of the Eagle at Barrow.

The victim, who was out for a meal with his wife, was cornered, pushed face down to the floor and threatened with violence, before his car key and his wedding ring were taken.

He was warned: “If you leave in the next five minutes I’ll shoot you”.

Steven Bell, 31, of Parsonage Avenue, Ribchester, was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

He had pleaded guilty to offences of robbery and taking a vehicle without consent.

His co-defendant, 39-year-old Jason Riding of Chatburn Road, Longridge, had pleaded guilty to robbery, aggravated vehicle taking and not having insurance.

He received a 12 months jail sentence. Both men were banned from driving for two years.

The offences dated back to June when a couple had gone to the restaurant for a meal.

The court heard that the victim had nipped to the toilets, on his way to the bar, when Bell allegedly put an arm around his neck from behind.

Miss Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said that a demand was made for his wallet to be handed over.

The victim fell to the floor and his attacker put a knee in the small of his back and said: “You must have some cash”.

A second man, said to have been Riding, jammed the door, which prevented anyone else from entering the toilets.

The victim was then threatened with being shot which left him too frightened to leave the toilets.

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