A ROBBER has been jailed after he went into a chemist's shop with a knife and metal bar and threatened to stab staff if they didn't hand over morphine.

Peter Lloyd, aged 29, of Robin Road, Summerseat, admitted one count of robbery and one count of possession of a bladed article.

He has been jailed for 28 months at Bolton Crown Court.

The attack happened at about 10.30am on May 19, when Lloyd entered the chemist's shop in Vernon Road, Greenmount and placed a carrier bag on the counter before telling staff: "Get me all the morphine or I’ll stab you."

He then removed a knife and weights bar from the bag and put them on the counter.

A pharmacist then handed over some drugs to Lloyd, who left along Longsight Road towards Bury.

He was arrested nearby a short time later.

Det Con Mick Yates, of Bury Police, said: "I believe Lloyd was driven to commit this robbery due to his reliance on morphine and this case sadly highlights the potential impact and consequences of drug addiction.

"Despite this being an ill-conceived and ham-fisted robbery, a number of staff at the chemist were fearful of being injured such was Lloyd's demeanour and possession of weapons."