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A robber has been jailed after raiding a packed Nando’s restaurant and warning: ”Everyone’s going to die.”

Dontre Beckford targeted the Walsall branch during a 48-hour crime spree – but unconcerned diners kept on eating.

The gambling addict also targeted shops and a Paddy Power bookmakers, where angry customers forced him to return much of the cash to staff.

Beckford, 35, of Cuin Road, Smethwick, was jailed for two years after he previously pleaded guilty to four charges of robbery, theft and attempted theft.

Dontre Beckford

Birmingham Crown Court heard the offences took place on April 16 and April 17 in 2017.

They began at a McColls supermarket in West Bromwich where Beckford went to the counter with a newspaper.

He said he did not have the money to pay for it before leaping over the counter and snatching £180 from the till, despite the efforts of the shop assistant to stop him.

His fingerprints were later recovered from the newspaper.

Five hours later, still wearing the same clothing, he took £350 from a Ladbrokes in Walsall, where he was captured on CCTV.

Later that day he went into the Paddy Power branch in Walsall where he grabbed cash after telling the assistant: “It is my daughter’s birthday tomorrow and I have got no money.”

“The defendant was stopped from leaving by customers,” said Charles Crinion, prosecuting

“They only let him go when they put a large amount of money back on the counter,”

At around 9.10pm Beckford tried to get money from a Nando’s in Walsall. He failed despite warning: “Everyone is going to die.”

Mr Crinion said most of the diners did not realise what was happening.

The following day he robbed a Corals of £150 and then a Farm Foods in Walsall of £240.

The court heard Beckford had a number of convictions for robbery and had been sentenced to five years and nine months in 2017 after robbing a gambler of his winnings.

Judge Mark Wall QC said the defendant’s position was aggravated by the sheer number of his offences and his previous convictions.

Ben Williams, defending, said Beckford had a gambling addiction which he had tried to address and that there had been only limited violence and threats used.

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