Michael Glancy jailed for robbing Port Glasgow bookies while on parole

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A man who robbed a bookmakers at knifepoint while on parole from a previous armed robbery sentence has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Michael Glancy, 51, raided a branch of Ladbrokes in Princes Street, Port Glasgow, in January.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard he held a knife towards a cashier's stomach before escaping with £518.

Glancy was jailed for 54 months for the robbery and three years for committing the offence while on parole.

Glancy was jailed for five years at the same court in 2008 over a bungled armed robbery attempt at a post office in Inverclyde.

'Hazy' memory

He pleaded guilty to threatening staff at Inverkip post office with a fake gun in October 2007.

The court heard that during his latest offence, Glancy wore a mask and threatened staff with a knife before escaping with cash.

Police were called and Glancy, from Port Glasgow, was arrested shortly afterwards. The cash was found in nearby woodland.

His defence advocate Louise Arrol said he had been drinking on the day of the robbery and his recollection of the events was "somewhat hazy".

Temporary judge Kenneth Maciver said he had no other option but to send Glancy to prison.

"I was told how the female employee was transfixed with fear during the incident," the judge said.

"This happened when you were on parole for a similar offence. I have no other option but to impose an extended sentence on you.

"You are a threat to the public and it would be unthinkable for me anything other than an extended sentence."

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