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Axe robber jailed for seven years

A man armed with an axe has been jailed for seven years following a robbery at a Walsall shop in January. 

Zia Rafiq, 38, stormed into the Lifestyle Express Store on Wolverhampton Road in Birchills, Walsall on 17 January, demanding money.

He lashed out repeatedly over the shop counter terrifying the staff member. A customer who was in the shop at the time attempted to intervene, but Rafiq continued his attack undeterred.

The woman passed some bags of coins to Rafiq and he left the shop.

Rafiq of Alumwell Road in Walsall was identified from CCTV images by a police officer, but insisted he was elsewhere when the robbery took place. He was given a seven year sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on 24 April. 

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