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Man jailed for northwest London attempted armed robbery

JAILED: Michael Johnson

A MAN guilty of attempting to rob a northwest London convenience store with a fake gun has been jailed as police are still hunting for his accomplice.

Michael Johnson, 28, of Hayes, west London, received a three-year-four-month prison sentence today for attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm – he pleaded guilty to both charges in August at Harrow Crown Court.

The attempted robbery took place on April 6, just before 9pm, when Johnson and another unidentified man entered a shop in Furness Road in Kensal Green.

The accomplice, who police have yet to locate, pointed a handgun at a customer’s head as Johnson tried to steal money from the till.

However, staff at the store intervened resulting in a struggle, and the robbers fled the premises empty-handed.

Police, using forensic evidence, identified Johnson as a suspect – he was arrested and charged on June 27.

WANTED: A CCTV image of the unidentified suspect

Detectives are still working on an investigation to arrest the second suspect.

Detective constable Adrian Whitewick, who leads the investigation, said: “Today, Michael Johnson has been jailed for his role in the attempted robbery of a convenience store which left staff and a customer fearing for their lives.

“While this brings some degree of closure, it is only half of the job.

“Today, we are issuing a CCTV image of the man we believe accompanied Johnson during this raid.”

He added: “If you recognize him, or know of his whereabouts, please contact the incident room.

“My message to this man is that we will find you, we will arrest you and you will be put in front of the court to face the consequences of your actions.”

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