A jail term has been imposed on a man who injured a shop worker with a knife during an attempted robbery.

Richard Champion caused a small cut to his victim’s finger as the man attempted to shut him out of a shop in Westgate-on-Sea in March 2020.

The 27-year-old, formerly of Oxford Street, Margate, admitted attempted robbery, possession of a knife and two counts of shoplifting at Canterbury Crown Court on 16 December 2020.

He was brought back before the same court on Friday 8 January 2021 and jailed for three years and three months.

Champion’s first offence took place on the morning of Wednesday 11 March 2020, when he entered a supermarket in Grange Road, Ramsgate and stole steaks, milk and chocolate worth around £200 in total.

Two days later, he was standing outside a supermarket in Station Road, Westgate-on-Sea before it was due to open.

A shop worker told him the store was not due to open for another hour and became suspicious of Champion, who had his face obscured with a scarf.

As the shop worker attempted to close the store’s electronic doors, Champion drew a knife and tried to stop the door closing, cutting the man’s finger in the process.

On Monday 23 March, Champion hid around £700 worth of cosmetics in his trousers at another store, this time in Margate High Street, before leaving without paying.


Officers identified Champion from the distinctive striped trousers he was seen wearing in CCTV of the incidents and he was arrested on Tuesday 24 March.

PC Adele Marsh, Kent Police’s investigating officer, said: ‘Champion callously pulled a knife on a man who was merely trying to do his job and the victim could easily have been more seriously injured.

‘Kent Police has a zero tolerance approach to knife crime and will seek the prosecution of anyone found in possession of a bladed article, or who uses one to commit an offence.

‘The prison sentence handed down in this case shows that the courts also take such offences very seriously and I am pleased this offender has been removed from the streets of Thanet.’

By Ed

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