Vacuum robber was scared off by broom

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A DRUG addict who tried to rob a Chinese takeaway by wielding the broken end of a vacuum cleaner as a sword has been jailed for 20 months.

Jack Kemp, 21, of Whyke Road, Chichester, demanded cash from the register of Thai Pan in Bognor Regis on February 16 – but the owner chased him off with a broom.

Kemp entered the Chichester Road takeaway at about 8pm and waited in the entrance for 20 minutes pretending to look at a menu, Chichester Crown Court heard yesterday.

‘Chuanhao Weng was working at the reception and the defendant approached him with something in his hand which was around two foot long and wrapped in dark plastic in the shape of a very large knife,’ said Alexander Williams, prosecuting.

‘He waved it at Mr Weng’s face as if it was a sword and said “put the money in the bag”.’

Mr Weng was worried for his own safety, and that Kemp would damage the family shop which they had worked hard to build, Mr Williams said.

He picked up a broom and another sharp object and confronted Kemp, who ran off empty-handed.

Kemp’s solicitor told the court he needed the money for drugs and was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his actions.