A man who robbed a store at knifepoint and then threatened people on a train after he fled has been jailed for five and a half years.
Wayne Frost, 52 (03.09.66), of Parmiter Street, Bethnal Green, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 23 November.
He had pleaded guilty at the same court following an earlier hearing to robbery and possession of a pointed and bladed article in a public place.
The court heard that at 08:00hrs on Wednesday, 17 October Frost entered a Co-Op store in Parsons Green Lane, SW6.
He approached two members of staff at the till and said 'I've got a knife, give me vodka'. He then pulled out a knife from his pocket and pointed it at the terrified cashier, who tried to press a panic alarm. He shouted at her again 'give me vodka' and she handed over two bottles.
Two members of staff attempted to stop Frost as he fled the store but saw he was wielding a knife.
He went to Parsons Green Underground Station and travelled onward to Victoria mainline station.
A British Transport Police (BTP) officer based at Victoria Station, PC Christopher Roderick, became aware from reports over his radio of a man waving a knife on a train.
He ran to the platform and found Frost and arrested him.
Frost was taken to Wandsworth police station, where he was charged and remanded in custody.
Detective Constable Amit Tailor, who led the investigation, said: "This sentence should act as a deterrent to anyone who carries a knife.
"The members of staff at the store were subjected to a terrifying incident early in the morning. They have supported us fully throughout the investigation and conviction and we thank them for their bravery.
"I would also like to commend our BTP colleague, PC Roderick, who acted quickly and courageously to apprehend a knife-wielding man."