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‘I’m really sorry’ says man after admitting armed robbery followed by car-jacking

PUBLISHED: 13:11 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:52 13 February 2019

Jet petrol garage in Downham Market had a customers car stolen at knife point. Photo: Google

Jet petrol garage in Downham Market had a customers car stolen at knife point. Photo: Google

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A man who admitted a knife-point robbery at a King’s Lynn sports store before carrying out a car jacking in Downham Market told a court he was “really sorry” for what he had done.

Daniel York, 20, threatened a female member of staff with a knife at JD Sports, in King’s Lynn, before making off an Adidas tracksuit, baseball cap, Nike gloves and trainers worth £235 on January 10.

Then just half an hour later, York carried out a car-jacking at the Jet garage on Lynn Road, Downham Market, after he threatened a driver with a knife before stealing his red Vauxhall Corsa and driving away, Norwich Crown Court heard.

York, of no fixed address, who appeared via a video link from Norwich Prison, admitted the robbery of sports items on January 10 and the robbery of a Corsa car on the same date. He also admitted having a bladed article, a kitchen knife, on the High Street, King’s Lynn.

York, who at one point put his head in his hands during the hearing, told the court: “I’m really sorry for what I have done.”

He also told the court he wanted to be sentenced as soon as possible for the robberies.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that York had pleaded guilty to very serious offences.

Sam Stockwell for York, asked for further reports on York as he said he was still a young man.

Mr Stockwell said that York had been homeless at the time he committed the offences

Judge Katharine Moore adjourned the case until Thursday, February 14, and warned him that all sentencing options would be open.

She told him it was a serious matter and remanded York in custody.

The car-jacking in Downham Market caused widespread shock in the community.

A long standing member of staff at the petrol station said it was the first time anything like that had happened at the business.

He said it was all over in a couple of minutes and said he did not have time to feel scared.

He said that the customer came in shaken after the car-jacking and he had called police.

The Mayor of Downham Market David Sharman said that he was horrified by the incident and said at the time: “It is so unusual for Downham Market to have anything like this, to my knowledge it’s never happened in Downham before. I hope we don’t have a repetition of it.”

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