'Dangerous' man who threatened shop workers with meat cleaver is jailed for nine years

-Credit: (Image: Humberside Police)
-Credit: (Image: Humberside Police)


A "dangerous" man who threatened shopkeepers in Grimsby with a meat cleaver has been jailed for nine years.

Joe Page, 34, of St Michael's Road in Grimsby, was sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing.

At around 7.30pm on Sunday, October 22 last year, Page entered a shop on Laceby Road where he threatened members of staff with a meat cleaver. As he emptied cash from the shop's tills into his bag, a member of staff managed to tackle and disarm him.

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Page then fled the scene empty handed, leaving behind the meat cleaver and bag of cash.

An investigation was subsequently launched by police, and officers attended Page's address where they found distinctive clothing that he had been wearing at the time of the offence, partly burnt outside the property.

Grimsby Magistrates Court -Credit:Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive
Grimsby Magistrates Court -Credit:Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive

Following lines of enquiry, police discovered that Page had also threatened people with a meat cleaver outside another shop on Laceby Road, two days previously.

Detective Sergeant Andy Taylor, leading the investigation, said: “Page is a dangerous offender who threatened innocent members of the public.

“I would like to commend the member of staff for the bravery they showed in disarming Page.

“Violent crime and robbery will not be tolerated, and we will always do everything we can to seek justice for victims to ensure our communities feel safe and criminals are punished.”