Jail for violent robber

A VIOLENT robber who threatened car-jacking victims with a screwdriver has been jailed.

Dean Cleworth, 29, of Hilton Crescent, Boothstown near Leigh, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard that at around 8.30pm on Sunday January 23, a 20-year-old woman and 18-year-old man were sitting in their car on Ellenbrook Road, when Cleworth walked up to the vehicle.

He leaned through the car’s window and grabbed the keys from the ignition.

Trying to protect herself and the man, the victim attempted to lock the doors.

Cleworth then threatened to stab both victims with a screwdriver and forced them out of the car before the 18-year-old was searched and had valuables stolen.

He then got in the car and drove off.

PC Mark Tregilgas based at Swinton Police Station said: “This was a cowardly crime committed by a man who threatened violence to get what he wanted and forced two terrified victims out of their car.”