Man jailed after robbery with machete

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A 27-year-old man has been jailed for five years for an armed robbery in Hodge Lea in which he used a machete.

Mark McDermot, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to five years for robbery and nine months for having a bladed article at Aylesbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to the offences.

McDermot had entered Hodle Lea Food and Wine on March 16 wearing a long coat, with his face covered and threatened the shop assistant, a 22-year-old man, with a machete.

He demanded that the till was opened and then removed the cash before leaving.

He was arrested within an hour of the incident.

Detective Constable David Brandon, from Milton Keynes CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the shop assistant. McDermot wielded the machete above his head as he demanded that the till was opened.

“I am pleased that he has been bought to justice and I hope that the sentence provides some closure for the victim.”

McDermot was sentenced on July 13.