Man threatened family with knife in their Worksop home

A 40-YEAR-OLD Worksop man has been jailed for six years after he was involved in breaking into the home of a family and threatening them with a knife.

Tuesday, 6th November 2012, 2:56 pm

Darren Shackleton, of Queen Street, was convicted of aggravated burglary and sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on 18th October, following a trial.

Shackleton was one of two men who forced the front door and burst into an address in Back Park Place, Worksop, at around 10.30pm on 22nd June.

Once inside the pair threatened the occupants - a couple, who had two young children upstairs - with a knife and demanded cash.

They then fled the scene with £250 from a wallet.

The 37-year-old father gave chase and Shackleton was arrested by a police officer moments later.

Police Constable Tom Bond made the arrest. He said: “The victim displayed great courage in his pursuit of his attacker, but while no one was injured, the impact of the incident on him and his family, including on their sense of safety, has been profound.”

“No one should have to experience something as intrusive and violent as this, especially not in their own home, and the judge recognised the seriousness of the crime with the hefty sentence he handed down.”

Anyone with any information about Shackleton’s accomplice should contact Notts Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.