A man has been jailed after he threatened staff with a hammer and screwdriver in an Iver shop.

On December 30, 2018, at 7.19pm, Paul Ward and an accomplice demanded that the staff member in the Thornbridge Road shop opened the till.

The cashier could not so Ward, of no fixed abode but from the Hounslow area, forced the till draw unit from its housing. Both then fled the store, taking the till with them.

The pair then fled the scene using a stolen car. Police traced this vehicle to High Street, West Drayton, and a pursuit began.

Ward drove dangerously and sped in an effort to evade the pursuing officers, but lost control.

The 39-year-old, who was by now the only person in the car, fled the vehicle but was arrested after a foot chase. The other offender has not been identified.

He was sentenced to three years’ behind bars and disqualified from driving for three years and six months.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nicholas Widdison of Force CID, said: “Ward used threatening behaviour towards a shop worker in order take cash. He also drove dangerously putting others’ lives at risk to try and escape from officers.

“Thames Valley Police will not tolerate those who seek to carry out such offences.

“In this case the second offender remains unidentified; we would ask anyone with information who can assist in bringing him to justice to please get in touch.

Anyone with information should call 101 or visit Thames Valley Police’s website and make a report quoting reference 43180395869. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.