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Prison sentence for robber who targeted Leeds bus driver

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A man who threatened a bus driver with a knife and ordered him to hand over his takings has received a lengthy prison sentence.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Neil Brown had approached the No 56, which was parked up in the Moortown area. There were no passengers on board at the time and the driver was about to return to the depot.

The 28-year-old, whose face was covered by a scarf, had brandished the blade and demanded money.

The quick-thinking driver started the engine and drove off quickly in an attempt to knock Brown off balance. He had fallen backwards and then jumped off the vehicle empty-handed.

Police arrested the defendant later the same evening after he was caught with another man attempting to steal meat from two Co-op stores.

Following the incident on April 10 this year, Brown pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, two theft offences and possession of a bladed article.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said: “Clearly you planned this in your drunken state and it is aggravated by the fact that you took a legal high.”

Brown, from Yeadon, was sentenced to three years, eight months.

Robbery is an extremely serious offence and can only be heard in the Crown Court and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. If you are facing charges and would like details about how Lester Morrill’s criminal law team can assist you, please contact us.