A KNIFE-WIELDING robber demanded CCTV footage be deleted as he raided a petrol station close to his home.

Jason Williamson, of Ramsay Close, Birchwood, pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place and possessing cannabis at Liverpool Crown Court.

The court heard how the 24-year-old raided Oakwood Gate Service Station in Birchwood on the morning of October 21.

At around 4.20am, Williamson went into the garage where he threatened an employee with a knife and demanded money from the tills.

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After stealing a quantity of cash and cigarettes Williamson demanded that the garage worker deleted CCTV footage.

At this point there was an altercation between the two men and the garage worker managed to flee the service station, leaving Williamson inside.

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The employee called the police and, after attending the scene and reviewing CCTV footage, officers identified Williamson as the culprit.

He was subsequently arrested at his home, where officers found a quantity of cannabis.

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Following the sentencing, detective constable Sophie Davies said: “Williamson subjected the garage worker to a terrifying ordeal, threatening him with a knife and shoving him around as he attempted to steal cash and cigarettes from the service station.

“Thankfully he was able to escape Willamson’s clutches as he demanded that CCTV footage be deleted.

“Had the garage worker not done so the consequences of this incident could have been far worse.

“I am delighted that Williamson has received a substantial custodial sentence and I hope that this brings some closure to the victim.

“I also hope that the sentence serves as a deterrent to other people and stops them from committing similar crimes and I would like to thank the officers who have been involved in the investigation for all their hard work to secure this prosecution.”

Williamson was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison on November 27 and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.