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3 June 2015, 15:04
A man who carried out a robbery at a post office near Ashford has been jailed for four years.
Ryan Pryce, 24 years old, of Rectory Road, St Mary in the Marsh, admitted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence and was sentenced when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on 1 June.
A 17-year old man, from Scotland who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also sentenced to a two year detention and training order for the same charges.
At around 1.30pm on Tuesday 31 March, two men entered Aldington Post Office wearing fabric masks fashioned out of clothing.
One of them held what appeared to be a gun and demanded cash which was handed over by staff. He then smashed the glass to gain access to the post office counter and stole more cash from there.
The second man held an iron bar and waited by the front door during the incident.
A total of £2,258 worth of cash, Euros and stamps were taken by the pair.
The pair left on foot but a silver Peugeot 307 was seen and heard making off from the area, which was later found abandoned.
An investigation by Kent Police traced the car back to Pryce and the 17-year old.
In interview, Pryce initially denied he had taken part in the robbery and said he had been driving the car to visit his family when the tyre blew so he abandoned it.
But Pryce confessed to the robbery at a later interview and said he regretted his actions.
His accomplice told police the gun seen was actually a plastic toy.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Brett of Kent Police said: ‘The victims were put through a terrifying ordeal although thankfully this particular type of incident is not common.
‘The initial enquiries made by Kent Police led us to the offenders and they are now behind bars. This incident happened in a rural location and we would like to thank members of the local community for assisting with the investigation.’