The wrong trousers

A robber has been jailed for six years after being caught in the same pair of jeans he wore to raid a post office.

Jon Pughe, 41, stole cash from the till of a Post Office in Margate Road, Margate, Kent, on 12 February this year after hitting a female member of staff in the face.

The thief entered the Post Office wearing a balaclava and holding a crowbar.

He hit the member of staff in the face with his hand before taking a large amount of cash from the till and fleeing.

CCTV captured the masked robber leaving the area in a white Renault van, which was later linked to Pughe.

A police search was carried out and officers located him in Herne Bay town centre.

The jeans Pughe was wearing when he was arrested had a tear in the identical position to those worn by the robber in CCTV footage from the store.

DCI Keith Taylor said: ‘Pughe’s violent actions were terrifying for the victim of this robbery, who was just doing her job serving the local community.

‘I am pleased that the quick response of officers on the day led to him being arrested just hours after the crime, and our thorough investigation left him no choice but to admit this offence.’

Pughe, of Clifftown Gardens, Herne Bay, Kent, admitted robbery and was sentenced to six years in jail at Canterbury Crown Court.