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Oxford thief trapped by ‘pull’ door he tried to push

by | 5th, July 2012

THE state of Britain’s criminal classes is lamentable. If we’re not reading about Latvian muggers and Russian mafia, it’s homegrown idiots. Take James Allan, 28, who on March 2 2012 held up the Martin McColl newsagents on Northcourt Road, Abingdon.

Allan, wearing a balaclava,  threatened shop worker Angela Croke with a fake gun. She handed him £134.98. He fled. Or at least he would have done had he been able to get out of the shop. He got as far as the door. He pushed and he pushed and he pushed. But the thing would not budge. In frustration he ripped off his balaclava. He kicked at the door. He fell to the ground. And then Ms Croke pulled the door for him.

At court, Allan is sentenced to three years for the robbery and two years for possession of an imitation firearm.

The door to his sell has been set to “slide”. His chances of escape are rated at nil.



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