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Man jailed for three years following M2 robbery

Man jailed for three years following M2 robbery
A judge has jailed a man after he robbed a motorway service station in the early hours.
Russell Hadley, 32, of no fixed address was sentenced to three years in jail after appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday 6 February.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery and one charge of criminal damage after targeting a petrol station at Farthing Corner services on the M2 near Rainham.
The court heard how Hadley went into the shop at the petrol station at around 5:40am on Wednesday 3 January where he demanded staff hand over cash.
With his face covered and holding a screwdriver, Hadley went behind the till to help himself to money before turning his attention to the cigarette kiosk.
While distracted and filling up a bag with stolen cigarettes two staff members were able to get out of the shop and locked the front door, preventing Hadley from escaping.

A member of the public also moved his van in front of the door to try to prevent him getting out, however Hadley kicked the glass door and used several fire extinguishers to break the glass and eventually managed to leave the shop through a small gap.

Once outside a number of people helped to detain him before police officers arrived and he was arrested. 

Investigating officer Detective Constable Daniel Bister said: ‘Hadley tried his very best to escape the shop following this robbery but the quick thinking of the staff prevented him from doing this.

‘Various people using the service station also helped to keep him at the scene before officers arrived. I hope his sentence and the actions of those involved act as a deterrent to anyone else who may be thinking of committing a similar crime.’

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