South East Wales

Man locked up for attempted Newport Post Office robbery

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Media captionWould-be armed robber Kane Wannell has been jailed for four years

A would-be armed robber has been locked up for the attempted raid of a Newport Post Office.

Kane Wannell, 19, of Rogerstone, Newport, was dressed in a suit and carried an imitation gun.

Wannell admitted attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was given a four-year sentence.

Cardiff Crown Court heard he waved the weapon and shouted "armed robbery" but customers and staff thought he was joking.

He then shouted and hit postmaster Shaun Pritchard who punched him - forcing him to flee.

He was arrested by police after handing himself in.

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Image caption Wannell wore a balaclava, suit and carried an imitation gun

The court heard he told police: "I had an idea to rob a Post Office in my head and I couldn't stop myself.

"I don't know why I did it. It's just not me."

Mr Pritchard said: "I find myself on edge each morning before work.

"My wife and step-daughter have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. No-one has the right to make us live like this. It's been life changing."

Gwent Police's Det Sgt Matthew Edwards, called it a "terrifying and distressing experience" for customers and staff.

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