Masked robber at Clitheroe shop recognised by mum-in-law

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A masked, knife wielding robber who went into a Clitheroe shop and demanded cash was immediately recognised by the assistant, who was his “mother-in-law”.

Kyle Iveson (24), of Gospel Lane, Birmingham, indicated a guilty plea to robbery at Thoroughgoods, in Hayhurst Street, and theft of £675.

Magistrates in Blackburn adjourned his case for sentencing at a later date at Preston Crown Court, which has greater sentencing powers. They also ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Probation Service and remanded Iveson in custody until his next hearing.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said a local woman was working in Thoroughgoods in Hayhurst Street when a man wearing a balaclava and carrying a knife came in and demanded the cash from the till.

“She immediately recognised the defendant because he had been in a relationship with her daughter, who has a child with him,” said Miss Allan.