CCTV: moment shop manager fends off bumbling would-be robber with polythene tube

Bournemouth Echo: CCTV: moment shop manager fends off bumbling would-be robber with polythene tube CCTV: moment shop manager fends off bumbling would-be robber with polythene tube

THESE are the dramatic images that show a brave shop manager turn the tables on a bumbling robber – fending him off with his own weapon.

Today he is back behind bars after being handed a four-year sentence at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Daniel Holland was on licence after being released from prison less than eight years into a life sentence for a spate of robberies when he attempted to raid Tesco Express in West Moors.

Bournemouth Echo:

But the hapless criminal – who left a serrated knife outside the store and instead took a polythene tube covered with a plastic bag with him – was foiled when he not only took off his balaclava midway through the attempt, but allowed the manager to take the pipe away from him and hit him with it.

Prosecuting at Bournemouth Crown Court, Stuart Ellacott said the 58-year-old, of Station Road, struck as a female employee opened the shop doors just before 5.30am.

“The defendant was wearing a black woollen beanie pulled down over his face with two eye-holes cut out,” he said.

“There was an object in his hand which we now know was a polythene tube covered in a plastic bag.”

Bournemouth Echo:

Holland was sentenced to life behind bars, with a minimum term of five years, in 2005 following a series of similar robberies.

He was released after less than eight years, but Leslie Smith, mitigating, said the defendant had warned that he hadn’t received enough help to combat a serious gambling addiction.

“He managed to abstain from gambling for around only six to eight weeks [after being released], and then he gambled away his pension and all the savings in his account,” the barrister said.

Bournemouth Echo:

“[On the day of the incident] The knife was never produced or brandished, he removed his balaclava himself halfway through, he didn’t resist when the manager took the pipe off him and then they beat him with it and all he does is walk out.”

Holland pleaded guilty to attempting to commit robbery and having an article with a blade or point during the incident on March 14 this year at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He was sentenced to four years behind bars, although a parole board will decide if he is fit to be released again after that time.

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4:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

adspacebroker says...

What an absolute c**k!
What an absolute c**k! adspacebroker
  • Score: 27

4:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

I hope the manager did not hurt him,we cannot have people beating up robbers,when they probably had a terrible life as a child,and were perhaps hungry or ran out of wacky.
I hope the manager did not hurt him,we cannot have people beating up robbers,when they probably had a terrible life as a child,and were perhaps hungry or ran out of wacky. pete woodley
  • Score: 34

5:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

If I were him, I'd be more concerned about the soap hitting the floor in the shower block than the plastic tube I'd just been duffed up with!
If I were him, I'd be more concerned about the soap hitting the floor in the shower block than the plastic tube I'd just been duffed up with! Controversial But True
  • Score: 8

6:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

Sounds to me that he prob did it to get back inside - certainly taking off his balaclava to show his face would suggest so? One of those pathetic people who simply cannot function on the outside. What a t**t!
Sounds to me that he prob did it to get back inside - certainly taking off his balaclava to show his face would suggest so? One of those pathetic people who simply cannot function on the outside. What a t**t! we-shall-see
  • Score: 20

8:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

Sentenced to a life behind bars with a minimum term of five years.......is that right?
Sentenced to a life behind bars with a minimum term of five years.......is that right? O'Reilly
  • Score: 20

8:50am Wed 26 Mar 14

littlevoice234 says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Sounds to me that he prob did it to get back inside - certainly taking off his balaclava to show his face would suggest so? One of those pathetic people who simply cannot function on the outside. What a t**t!
Or a cry for help??
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Sounds to me that he prob did it to get back inside - certainly taking off his balaclava to show his face would suggest so? One of those pathetic people who simply cannot function on the outside. What a t**t![/p][/quote]Or a cry for help?? littlevoice234
  • Score: -4

9:37am Wed 26 Mar 14

scrumpyjack says...

O'Reilly wrote:
Sentenced to a life behind bars with a minimum term of five years.......is that right?
It means he will always be at threat of being sent back to jail and will not receive a suspended sentence for any future convictions.

'Life; on licence means he will always have a parole officer and always have to live at a registered address.

In other words, the system will never take their eyes off him and he will always have to account for himself.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: Sentenced to a life behind bars with a minimum term of five years.......is that right?[/p][/quote]It means he will always be at threat of being sent back to jail and will not receive a suspended sentence for any future convictions. 'Life; on licence means he will always have a parole officer and always have to live at a registered address. In other words, the system will never take their eyes off him and he will always have to account for himself. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

9:42am Wed 26 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

"fending him off with his own weapon"

--------

I've had to take the same action whilst sunbathing at Studland.
"fending him off with his own weapon" -------- I've had to take the same action whilst sunbathing at Studland. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 10

11:08am Wed 26 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

If only all criminals were as dopy as this, bell end , going to look good on his CV,PS how do you get a pension at 58?
If only all criminals were as dopy as this, bell end , going to look good on his CV,PS how do you get a pension at 58? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

2:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

KLH says...

littlevoice234 wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
Sounds to me that he prob did it to get back inside - certainly taking off his balaclava to show his face would suggest so? One of those pathetic people who simply cannot function on the outside. What a t**t!
Or a cry for help??
Yes, a cry for help - to get himself back in the nick!!
[quote][p][bold]littlevoice234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Sounds to me that he prob did it to get back inside - certainly taking off his balaclava to show his face would suggest so? One of those pathetic people who simply cannot function on the outside. What a t**t![/p][/quote]Or a cry for help??[/p][/quote]Yes, a cry for help - to get himself back in the nick!! KLH
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SPIRITCATCHER says...

100% Prize Pratt....
100% Prize Pratt.... SPIRITCATCHER
  • Score: 2

8:43am Thu 27 Mar 14

gerbil112 says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
If only all criminals were as dopy as this, bell end , going to look good on his CV,PS how do you get a pension at 58?
Early retirement with works pension? Police & Fire Service can retire at 50-55 with a full pension.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: If only all criminals were as dopy as this, bell end , going to look good on his CV,PS how do you get a pension at 58?[/p][/quote]Early retirement with works pension? Police & Fire Service can retire at 50-55 with a full pension. gerbil112
  • Score: 0

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