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Gambler sent to prison after failed robberies

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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A gambling addict's attempt to rob two banks and a bureau de change in Bristol city centre resulted in failure.

Joe McIntyre, of Heywood Road, Pill, was sentenced to three years in prison for the attempted robberies when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Friday, despite the judge saying his attempts were "amateur".

Richard Posner, prosecuting, told the court how 34-year-old McIntyre had borrowed £400 from his mother but after passing a betting shop, the gambling addict couldn't resist and went inside, where he lost the £400.

Jane Taylor, mitigating, said her client had a history of mental and physical health problems. She said: "A weapon didn't ever exist. He had no intention of hurting anyone."

McIntyre was also subject to a suspended prison sentence for a conviction of fraud in 2012, which was activated by the judge.

Judge Euan Ambrose told him: "Although this was amateurish in the extreme, you still threatened people and targeted institutions you knew would house large amounts of money."

McIntyre was given 32 months in prison for the robberies, and four from the activated suspended sentence. He was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

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