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Bank robber who stole thousands jailed

A bank robber who stole more than £6,000 by frightening staff with threats of a gun has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Martyn Weldrick, 45, held up two premises in Hythe and Maidstone last year and made off with bundles of cash after passing threatening notes over the counter.

He was arrested after being chased by customers who noted the registration on his getaway car, which was traced to his home address in Ormonde Road in Hythe.

Weldrick pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

The court heard how Weldrick first targeted the NatWest bank in High Street, Hythe, on the morning of Wednesday 1st October 2014.

Disguised by a baseball cap, sunglasses and a hooded top, he approached the counter and handed over a piece of paper that instructed the member of staff to fill an envelope with money, adding that he had a gun and would kill people if she refused.

He then fled with £5,295 in cash.

Just over a month later, on Monday 3 November 2014, Weldrick entered the NatWest bank in Heath Road, Coxheath near Maidstone, and passed a similar note to the woman behind the counter.

He left with £1,055 in a jiffy bag but was then chased back to his car by a customer and another member of public, who noted his registration number before informing police.

The vehicle was traced back to Weldrick, who was arrested at his home address the same day.

"Martyn Weldrick’s behaviour was wholly unacceptable and for his own selfish financial gain. He put innocent people in fear of being killed while they worked for honest money.

"Hopefully this sentence will give him a chance to reflect on that fact, and act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks robbing from a bank is a victimless crime.

"The staff and customers of both banks acted with courage and good instinct to provide quality evidence which has secured this conviction."

– Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Smith of Kent Police