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18 December 2018, 13:34 | Updated: 18 December 2018, 13:36
A man who robbed a post office in Aldbourne at knifepoint has been jailed for 44 months.
37 year old Matthew Stepp, of no fixed abode, Swindon, admitted robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place at Swindon Crown Court.
He went the Post Office in Aldbourne on 14 November with a knife in one hand and a bag in the other and demanded the female shop assistant hand over the contents of the till.
The woman handed the money over and he left the scene quickly.
Staff from the shop took a detailed description of the man, with one chasing after him before he was threatened by Stepp.
Sgt Pete Foster said: “Officers attended the scene and, thanks to the detailed descriptions given by those at the Post Office, were able to identify and arrest him within 24 hours.
“The Post Office is at the heart of this small village community and this incident no doubt shocked those living and working there.
“The member of staff working behind the till at the time was understandably upset, shaken and extremely scared by Stepp’s actions and threatening behaviour – it is totally unacceptable to carry a weapon in a public place at any time and doing so is a criminal offence.
“Following the robbery, Stepp quickly left the scene and used the money he had stolen to pay off debts and buy drugs. He was found in possession of six wraps of crack cocaine and he pleaded guilty to this offence when he appeared in court on Friday.
“I’d like to praise the officers involved who were able to carry out a swift arrest and put Stepp before the courts.”
As well as the 44 months imprisonment, Stepp must also pay a victim surcharge of £170