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Armed robber confesses to stealing bag from teenager in Ilkley
11:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
The judge who jailed an armed pub raider for four years could now re-sentence him as a dangerous offender after it was revealed he robbed a young woman in a dark street just two days earlier.
Philip Gibb confessed to police from prison that he snatched an 18-year-old woman’s bag near Ilkley railway station just 48 hours before he robbed the Bar t'at public house in the town centre at about midnight on June 3.
The teenager was walking alone after a night out when Gibb seized her bag from her shoulder.
Gibb, 31, of Woodlands, Ben Ryhdding, near Ilkley, also admitted burgling a house on The Grove in Ilkley and attempting to burgle WH Smith in the same street.
He was locked up for six years in 2004 for robbery when he tied up his victim while raiding a commercial building.
Philip Adams, for the Crown, told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that Gibb had owned up to the three additional crimes as part of the police’s “clean slate” procedure. They had questioned him about the bag snatch after his arrest for the pub robbery, but he denied it at that time.
Judge Peter Benson, who jailed Gibb on June 18, will now look again at the case on August 22.
When he decided not to sentence Gibb under the dangerousness provisions, he did not know about the street robbery.
Judge Benson praised pub supervisor Richard Dewhirst, who overpowered Gibb after he threatened to shoot him and his two staff members.
Mr Dewhirst pinned Gibb to the floor when he demanded the £13,000 takings, brandishing what looked like a gun.
Gibb pleaded guilty to robbery and to possession of an imitation firearm, a metal pipe hidden under a black bin bag.
The court heard he saw Mr Dewhirst from the street, cashing up in an upstairs room at the pub.
He pulled up his hood, wrapped a scarf round his face and went in by the back door.
He threatened Rachel Martin, who was clearing up, and pushed her upstairs to the office where Mr Dewhirst and staff member Sam Thomas were working.
He was given loose change and then the £13,356 takings, but he fell downstairs as he fled, dropping the fake gun.