Man sentenced for Warwick armed robbery

Warwick Crown Court

A MAN who robbed a Warwick shop is starting a prison sentence tonight.

On the afternoon of Friday 28th July, Phillip Mark Tedstone, aged 53 and of no fixed abode, went into Warwick Lighting on Smith Street, Warwick, armed with an imitation firearm. He forced a woman to open the till before leaving with a quantity of cash.

Investigating officers were able to place Tedstone in the area at the time of the offence and he was arrested four days later in Warwick.

Appearing at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday 31st August Tedstone pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. He was sentenced to six years and seven months in prison.

Detective Constable Tim O’Mahoney said: “This was a terrifying incident for the woman involved and the length of sentence reflects the severity of the offence.”