Two Men Jailed For Walsall Attempt Robbery

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Two men have been sent to prison after being found guilty of attempting to rob an elderly female shopkeeper with an imitation firearm in Walsall.

Dominic Hawkins aged 21 from Walsall was sentenced to 10 years at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 18 January) and Julian Downes aged 20 from Birmingham, was sentenced to six years.

Both had been found guilty of attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Theis is in relation to an incident at LS Bains Store in Lord Street, Palfrey, Walsall on August 13 2011. The two men, wearing masks and carrying an imitation firearm, threatened a 71 year old woman who was working in the shop at the time. They snatched a necklace from round her neck and attempted to steal money from the till, before being disturbed by other family members who came to see what was going on. The two then dropped the necklace and fled.

They were arrested by police the day after.

Hawkins is shown on left, Downes on right