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26 November 2010, 15:59
A teenage boy who robbed a shop in Huntingdon at gunpoint has been jailed.
The 15 year old, who can't be named for legal reasons, burst into Hartford Stores in Main Road on the afternoon of the 9th October last year.
He was accompanied by another person, both were wearing balaclavas with hoods pulled over their heads.
One of them pointed a long-barreled gun at a member of staff and demanded they hand over cash.
A gun and some clothes were later discovered nearby.
DNA from the items led to a Huntingdon teenager being arrested.
He denied robbery and possession of a firearm, but a jury at Peterborough Crown Court took less than two hours to convict him on both counts earlier this month.
He was sentenced to three-and-a-half-years custody yesterday.
Detective Constable Karin Peters, who led the investigation, said: "This was a terrifying experience for the member of staff and that is reflected in the sentence passed by the courts.
I hope the sentence puts out a strong message that, no matter what your age, this type of crime is not acceptable and offenders face a long spell behind bars."