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6 April 2011, 09:15
A man who threatened people with knives and a fake gun in Cambridge has been jailed.
Lee McKillop [pictured - right], from The Rodings in Cambridge, used an imitation gun and had an eight-inch carving knife in his bag during during two robberies last September.
On the 1st September, McKillop threatened a group of friends with the fake gun and stole cigarettes from them.
The next night he held a knife to the throat of an 18 year old man, before stealing cash, CDs and cigarettes.
McKillop was caught by three plain-clothed police officers who spotted him sitting on a bench on Christ's Pieces in Cambridge the next day, close to where the robberies happened.
Detective Constable Andy Day, PC Kiri Mazur and PC Darren Goodwin decided to arrest him before he could threaten anyone else.
He has now been jailed for at least four years.
DC Day said: "Both incidents left the victims very shaken up, especially the second robbery as the victim had a knife held to his throat.
We're pleased with the sentence and hope it sends out the message that this type of offending will not be tolerated in Cambridge.
It's important to note that this type of incident is very rare, however we would remind people to avoid walking in isolated areas after dark especially on their own.
If you are threatened, call police immediately."