Knife-wielding would-be robber sent to jail from Aylesbury Crown Court for 'random, threatening' attacks outside Morrisons

The man was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 4:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 4:04 pm

A man in his 50s was sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment at Aylesbury Crown Court for his threatening behaviour outside McDonald's.

Ian Keighley, threatened and assaulted people at random throughout High Wycombe, including people at the fast food chain.

On one occasion he was threatening members of the public outside of a Morrisons store with a knife.

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Aylesbury Crown Court
Aylesbury Crown Court

Keighley, aged 50, of Marygold Walk, Little Chalfont, appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday 9 June where he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery, four counts of using threatening behaviour with a bladed article, one count of criminal damage and one count of assault by beating.

At the same hearing his four-and-a half-year jail sentence was announced.

Thames Valley Police became aware of the 50-year-old's intimidating behaviour on March 3. Police officers received multiple calls describing a man who was both assaulting and threatening the public.

These reports referenced threatening behaviour in McDonald's, Bellfield Road and Dovecot Road, and in Morrisons in High Wycombe.

Further reports that the man was trying to get into a number of vehicles at the McDonald's drive-through and fighting with the public were received.

Keighley was seen to head towards Morrisons, where he continued to threaten the public with a knife outside the store and another man on Glenister Road.

He was arrested and charged on 3 March.

Investigating officer PC Dan Page, based at High Wycombe police station, said: “Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured as a result of Keighley’s rampage.

“But he randomly assaulted and threatened members of the public going about their day-to-day business.

“This sentence is a reflection of the offences that he committed.

“I hope that this conviction and sentence sends a robust message to others who would look to inflict this type of fear of violence on innocent people that Thames Valley Police will not tolerate this and bring offenders to justice.”