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Shop robber jailed after leaving footprints in snow

JAILED: Kieron Henry literally did not cover his tracks

A THIEF who pistol-whipped a shop owner as he locked up his Birmingham off-licence has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of three robberies.

Kieron Henry, of Nineveh Road, Handsworth was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on September 5.

The 26-year-old entered the Nine Wines Store in Handsworth with an imitation handgun during the evening of February 11 this year.

However, the victim bravely tackled Henry to the ground before hitting him over the head with a metal shop sign.

The robber was aided by a still unidentified accomplice who kicked the shopkeeper in the head.

The pair grabbed what they thought was the shop’s takings, which was in fact a bag of orange juice and cigarettes, and ran away.

Armed officers tracked down Henry after footprints in the snow led them to where he was hiding in an alleyway off nearby Nineveh Road, where he was arrested at gunpoint.

Henry had committed an almost identical robbery just three days earlier in nearby Lozells, where he had threatened the staff at General Stores on Burbury Street with an imitation firearm and fled with around £90 in cash and a quantity of mobile phone top-up cards.

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