Jail warning for robber - COURT REPORT

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A DANGEROUS armed robber from Bridlington has been warned to expect a lengthy jail term after terrorizing vulnerable shop assistants in East Yorkshire.

Cameron James Nicholls, 18, formerly of Lansdowne Road, travelled away from his home to commit the crimes along the A63 Humber Bridge corridor.

When he was finally caught he boasted to one police officer in interview: “If I’d worn a balaclava you would never have found me.”

He pleaded guilty to three separate robberies on two shops and a garage near the Humber Bridge in a fifteen-minute appearance at Hull Crown Court on Friday, December 7.

He struck fear carrying a baseball bat, a knife, and a screwdriver.

Nicholls pleaded guilty to robbing Linda Bayram at West End News, South Cave, on October 1 last year, stealing £60.

He admitted he was carrying a knife and pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon.

He also pleaded guilty to a robbery of the Little Chef at Beacon Services, on the A63 eastbound on October 15 – having had a taste of success two weeks earlier. He got away with £120 after robbing Samantha Petry.

He also admitted possession of an offensive weapon – a screw driver – during the raid.

With police looking for him, he struck again waiting two weeks before robbing Andrew McKay at the Shell Garage, Grindale Filling Station, Melton Road, North Ferriby, on October 27.

This time he got away with £90 while carrying a baseball bat. He stole a pedal cycle on the same day.

The court heard he had a conviction for assault and failing to surrender to bail.

His barrister Stephen Garth, said: “These are guilty pleas to all matters. They are of a very serious nature. He is only 18. Can you please adjourn for a pre-sentence report.”

Recorder Penelope Moreland, told Nicholls: “You will be sentenced for these matters on January 31. There will almost inevitably be a sentence involving a lengthy period in custody.”