Jailed: Knife-wielding criminal who robbed frozen food depot while on weekend release from prison

Tom Powell
Criminal: Paul Collins was on weekend release from prison for a previous armed robbery: Surrey Police

A violent criminal who robbed a frozen food warehouse by holding a worker at knifepoint has been sent to prison.

Paul Collins, 34, was jailed for six years yesterday at Guildford Crown Court after being found guilty of armed robbery.

He arrived at Glorydale Frozen Foods, located in a business park in Weybridge, with three other men in a grey Volkswagen Golf.

Collins then held a knife to an employee’s throat and ordered him to take them to where the money was being counted, before assaulting him and taking £20,000 in cash.

The group then rushed back to their car and fled the scene.

Police eventually identified Collins, who is from Sheerness, using a fingerprint left on a drawer in the office from where the money was taken.

It was revealed that he had been out on weekend release from a previous nine-year sentence for armed robbery when he committed the offence in March 2015.

Detective Constable Kate Hyder, who investigated the offence, said: “This was a violent and pre-planned attack which caught the employee completely off guard and left him suffering the after effects of what was an extremely distressing and traumatic ordeal.

“Despite the fact that he was already serving a prison sentence for another armed robbery under very similar circumstances, and was only on weekend release at the time, Collins had the audacity to commit a further offence which he actually thought he could get away with. However, thanks to the numerous enquiries carried out, and the compelling forensic evidence, we were able to identify him as the key offender in this crime and ensure he was brought to justice.

DC Hyder added: “Surrey Police simply will not tolerate violent offences of this nature in our local communities and we remain determined to do all we can to ensure that anyone committing such offences is dealt with swiftly and robustly.”

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