A man has been jailed for more than four and a half years following an attempted armed robbery at a petrol station in Blackburn.
Konnor Kesson, 23, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 56 months in prison at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday. He was convicted of armed robber, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and having a firearm to commit an offence.
On August 23 Kesson entered the busy Shell garage on King Street, before approaching the cashier with an imitation handgun while making demands for money.
A customer on the garage forecourt saw what was happening and called police.
When officers arrived Kesson fled the scene empty-handed, before being chased on foot towards the River Blakewater. During the chase he pointed the imitation firearm towards an officer.
He was located a short time later in an area of wasteland on Pump Street thanks to assistance from the police helicopter service.
DS Melissa Kelly, of Blackburn Police, said: