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Man named and charged over Leasingham armed robbery

A 35-year-old man has been charged after making threats with a knife during an armed robbery in Leasingham.

Police wearing balaclavas and armed with guns were seen at the scene of the robbery, which took place in Crescent Stores in St Andrews Crescent in Leasingham at 6.50am on Saturday, November 23. Nobody was injured during the incident.

The suspect, who has since been named as James Barton of Dean Close, was in possession of a knife. It is believed that he left the shop without paying for two bottles of vodka and also threatened a shopkeeper with a knife.

Firearms officers then attended Dean Close at 12.50pm to arrest Barton and thanked nearby residents for their understanding during the arrest.

He also reportedly went into the store at around 4.45pm on Friday, November 22 brandishing a knife and demanding vodka.

Barton has now been charged with two counts of each of the following offences – making threats with a knife, theft and robbery. All the charges relate to offences against Crescent Stores.

Barton is appearing before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 25.

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