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Knife-wielding robber jailed for Birmingham attack

A man who walked into a supported living building in Birmingham armed with a knife and ready to use force to try and steal a car has been jailed.

Anton Berry, of no fixed address, walked into The Depaul Trust Reach House on Gravelly Hill North, Erdington at around 7pm on Friday 8 March this year, with two men who were residents there.

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Anton Berry

As the 18-year-old was not a resident, he was asked to provide photo identification at the reception desk, which was subsequently photocopied by staff.

He spent some time with his friends in their rooms, before knocking on the door of a stranger and just stared at him.

Fearing his intentions, the resident informed staff of his suspicious behaviour.

Just 15 minutes later, Berry was back knocking on his door, this time producing a knife and demanding a cigarette along with the key to his car.

The man managed to run to reception staff, who called police after the resident was chased there with the knife.

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The knife recovered from the scene

Berry escaped the building, discarding gloves and the knife, before he was stopped by police and arrested after a Taser was deployed.

Investigating officer PC Alan Reeves from the High Harm Team, said: “Berry has been deemed a danger to the public and will now pay the price for his thoughtless actions.

“Thankfully the staff at the building were quick-thinking and acted in a professional manner to prevent something which could have been much worse.”

Last week at Birmingham Crown Court, unemployed Anton Berry was jailed for three years and nine months for robbery and two years concurrently for possession of a knife.