A man has been jailed following a knifepoint robbery at a bank in Fleetwood.

Gary Roberts entered the Halifax Bank on Poulton Street with a knife and threatened staff before making off on a bike with a quantity of money.

The incident happened at around 9.15am on December 12, 2019.

The 40-year-old later fled to the Torquay area and was arrested by police on December 15.

Roberts, of Rutland Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

Halifax Bank, on Poulton Street in Fleetwood

He was sentenced on Wednesday (February 12) at Preston Crown Court to a total of 40 months in prison.

Gary Roberts was jailed for 40 months at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, February 12).

Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Oliver Maughan, of Blackpool CID, said: “This robbery left a lasting impact on the community and those involved.

“Thankfully Roberts was quickly arrested and admitted his guilt before the courts.

“While no one was hurt, his behaviour was intimidating and left the bank staff shaken and distressed.

“We welcome a custodial sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.

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