Leyland knifeman bike thief gets 4 years in jail

JAILED: Paul Gibson

JAILED: Paul Gibson

First published in News Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A Leyland man who threatened a teenager with a knife robbing him on the street where he lived, has been jailed.

Paul Gibson, 24, of York Close, Leyland, was jailed for four-and-half years at Preston Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.

The violent incident took place on York Close in June when Gibson approached a 17-year-old and threatened to stab him with a bread knife unless he handed over his mountain bike.

The young man gave his bike, worth around £300, to Gibson and fled the scene.

He was arrested a short time later by officers and the bike returned to the victim.

DC Carl Matthews, of Leyland CID, said: “Gibson used a simple bread knife to make the dangerous threats, steal a bike worth hundreds of pounds and scare a young man severely. This sentence sends a stern message to those who threaten others in a bid to take their property , you won’t get away with it.”

He added: “I would also like to pay tribute to the victim who has been very brave during the ordeal and assisted the police throughout the investigation.”

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