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18 October 2010, 13:27
A man from Peterborough, who sprayed two men in the face with some chemicals as he tried to get away with stolen cash, has been jailed.
20 year old James Gooderson [pictured - right], from Paynells in Orton Goldhay, was trying to run off with £12,000 takings he'd snatched from a bar in Peterborough.
He grabbed the bag while the first victim was carrying it to a nearby Post Office to be banked.
The victim refused to hand it over so Gooderson sprayed him in the face with a chemical.
A 50 year old man who witnessed the robbery then chased after Gooderson in his car.
After catching up with Gooderson, the man confronted him but was sprayed in the face with the same chemical.
Gooderson then got away in a car.
He was later traced by police, and pleaded guilty to robbery and common assault at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.
He has been jailed for four and a half years.
Detective Constable Colin Avis, who led the investigation, said: "This was a nasty robbery and shows what lengths James Gooderson was prepared to go to for his own gain.
The witness who chased after him showed exceptional courage and his efforts ultimately helped bring Gooderson to justice."
The victim who tried to stop Gooderson has been awarded £500 compensation and could now get a police commendation.