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Man admits robbing Oxenholme filling station shop worker armed with meat cleaver

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN will be sentenced later this month for robbing a South Cumbria filling station shop worker while armed with a meat cleaver.

Colin Eaves, 33, had been due to stand trial at Carlisle Crown Court after previously denying two charges arising out of an incident at the Burton Road business premises in Oxenholme at around 10-30pm on November 22 last year.

But when he appeared in front of a judge over a custody video link earlier today (FRI), Eaves changed his pleas to guilty.

He admitted robbing the male Texaco filling station shop worker of cash, tobacco and alcohol, and the possession of a bladed article – a meat cleaver – “without good reason or lawful authority”.

Eaves’ crimes had sparked a swift police investigation and a public appeal for information.

A Cumbria Constabulary spokesman had said in the aftermath: “No one was injured during the incident.”

Eaves, of no fixed address but said to be from Kendal, sported dark hair and wore a prison-issue dark grey sweatshirt during today’s short court hearing.

He was remanded in custody by Judge Nicholas Barker and is due to be sentenced at the crown court on April 15.

“You know this is a serious matter,” Eaves was told by the judge.

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