Man jailed for crime spree

23 July 2018, 14:18 | Updated: 23 July 2018, 14:33

Wiltshire robberies

A man has been jailed for seven years for a number of offences, including robberies in Chippenham, Swindon and Cirencester.

Sean Porter, 40, formerly of Purton, Swindon, also carried out burglaries at businesses in Swindon and Royal Wootton Basset. 

Det Con Steve Edwards, from Melksham CID, said: ''Porter committed a number of serious offences over a two-month period and made significant efforts to conceal his identify and evade justice across two counties. 

''He targeted lone staff members at the beginning and end of shifts, which had a traumatic effect on some of his victims. 

''I would like to thank all the victims for their bravery and assistance as we sought to first identify and then track down Porter for each of these offences, and for their willingness to tell the court how his actions have continued to affect them. 

''Porter was on license for a previous robbery offence at the time of these crimes, and I want to highlight both the seriousness of his actions and his clear disregard for the law. 

''Members of the public should feel safe at their places at work and should not have to endure horrific experiences like those which Porter subjected them to whilst they were simply trying to do their jobs.''