Man held up Haverhill curry house with a walking stick

A Haverhill man who tried to rob a town centre restaurant has been jailed.

Kevin Clark, 40, of Abington Place, had attempted to convince staff at the Tandoori Restaurant in Queen Street that he was brandishing a gun.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that in fact the ‘gun’ was a walking stick.

Prosecutor Robert Sadd said the attempted robbery ended when a member of staff realised what the weapon was and said: “Go on then, shoot me.”

Armed police had been called to the area and arrested Clark a short time later.

Mr Sadd said the incident had taken place at about 9pm on November 29 and involved Clark demanding that staff at the restaurant hand over money.

Clark pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery and was jailed for 16 months by Judge David Goodin.

Defending, Richard Potts said that Clark was in “constant pain” and required the use of a walking stick.

Due to a back condition Clark had one leg three inches shorter than the other which created difficulties in his everyday life.

While the walking stick was not an offensive weapon, Clark had admitted making two holes in the end so that it appeared to be the barrels of a gun.

Clark had been drinking on the day of the attempted robbery and had little memory of what had taken place, said Mr Potts.