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Samuel Edward Tye, aged 31 and of no fixed abode, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 8 November 2019 after admitting charges of robbery and possession of a bladed article. He was sentenced to a total of three years and four months in prison.

At around 10.25pm on Friday 6 September 2019 a local woman aged in her 20s was walking past Waitrose at Bargates toward the A35 bypass when she was approached by the defendant.

He pulled out a knife, described as having a three-inch blade, and demanded that the victim hand over her bag. The victim begged to be allowed to keep her house keys and glasses, which Tye allowed.

He took the bag with the rest of the contents and made off in the direction of the supermarket.

The victim contacted police and provided a description of the offender. Officers attended and carried out a search of the area.

Shortly after 10.30pm officers located the defendant in High Street, where he was seen to put something into a post box.

Tye was arrested and a knife was located in his sock.

The victim’s bank cards were recovered from the post box and her bag was found on a trolley station at Waitrose.

Detective Constable Chris Waters, of Eastern CID, said: ‘This was a very frightening experience for the victim and I am glad, that thanks to a swift response from officers, within minutes we were able to quickly identify and arrest the man responsible for this offence as well as recover the victim’s property.’

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