A robber who tried to hold up a Newport hotel with a water pistol has been jailed.
Daniel Jones, 37, walked into the reception of the Travelodge with the blue water pistol in his pocket.
A court heard he then handed the hotel receptionist a note that read 'I've got a gun, give me the money'.
But she had no idea the gun was a blue child's plastic water pistol.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that the quick thinking worker told Jones that the money was kept in a back room and that she would go and get it.
She then locked herself and other colleagues safely in a back room of the Travelodge hotel in Newport, south Wales, and rang the police.
The court was shown CCTV footage showing Jones then leaving the reception empty handed - and realised he was on camera.
Jones then called 999 and told police 'I've done something stupid'.
Jones, of Taliesin, Cwmbran, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.
He was jailed for three and a half years.