Bowling alley robber who attacked employee with crowbar jailed for 10 years

Bowling alley robber who attacked employee with crowbar jailed for 10 years

A robber who attacked a bowling alley employee with a crowbar in Maidenhead has been jailed for 10 years.

John Paul Buckley, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday, after he admitted raiding the Tenpin bowling alley in Holmanleaze on June 12.

The 30-year-old also pleaded guilty to a robbery at the Village Post Office in Wallingford on June 29, when a female member of staff was injured and a small amount of cash was taken.

Buckley broke into the bowling alley in Maidenhead at about 1.40am when two members of staff were cashing up.

He forced his way into the staff office with the crowbar, before hitting one of the employees, causing a severe laceration to their nose and a broken arm.

The then fled the scene with £600 in cash.

Buckley was identified after a police investigation and was arrested on July 11. He was charged with two counts of robbery the following day.

He was sentenced to seven years in jail for the Maidenhead robbery and three years in prison for the Wallingford raid. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Investigating officer Det Con Stuart Malham, of Maidenhead Force CID, said: “These were extremely distressing incidents for the victims and, I would like to acknowledge their courage throughout this process.

“A thorough police investigation has led to us identifying and arresting the suspect and I am pleased that Buckley has admitted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty to the offences.

“Crimes of this nature where extreme violence is used are fortunately very rare and as this conviction demonstrates Thames Valley Police will find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

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