Shocking video shows robber brutally attacking shopkeeper with a bottle and punching his wife in the face as he is jailed for seven years
- CCTV footage shows Ian Shipley, 35, attempting to rob local shop in Warrington
- He hits husband, 65, over the head with bottle and punches wife, 65, in face
- Shipley was jailed for seven years and six months for attempted robbery
Ian Shipley, 35, stormed into a local shop in Warrington and attacked the owners
A video of a thug storming into a local shop and violently attacking terrified shopkeepers has emerged.
Ian Shipley, 35, was jailed for seven years for the brutal attack on a married couple at the Local Express Store on Concorde Way in Warrington on September 13.
In CCTV footage, Shipley can be seen charging into the building at around 10pm where the owners, a 65-year-old husband and his 59-year-old wife, were alone in the store.
Once inside the thug grabs hold of the man from behind and repeatedly bludgeons him over the head with a bottle and demands that he opens the till.
Fearing for her husband’s safety the woman tries to intervene – only to be punched in the face several times.
The terrified couple manage to flee their shop, with the owner dragging himself across the floor in a desperate attempt to seek help from passers-by.
Shipley tries to steal money from behind the counter but smashes the till in anger after he fails to break into it.
As he leaves the store empty handed, he calmly steps over the owner lying seriously injured on the ground who is being helped by shocked pedestrians.
Shipley was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court for the violent attack.
He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, grievous bodily harm without intent and actual bodily harm.
CCTV footage shows Shipley attacking the the owners, a 65-year-old man and his 59-year-old wife, by smashing bottles and throwing punches
He was also ordered to serve a further two years, six months on licence and handed a ten year restraining order.
And police have branded the violent thug ‘cruel and cowardly’.
Detective Constable Carl Davis, of Cheshire Police, said: ‘The level of brutality used by Shipley was appalling and inexcusable.
‘He carried out a sustained and violent attack on the victims despite the fact that they did not show any aggression towards him at any stage.
Shipley attempts to open the till to steal cash from the shop but smashes it in anger when he fails to break into it
‘His actions in using his superior power and strength to repeatedly attack the victims were cruel and cowardly.
‘The incident left the victims with a number of serious injuries, including a fractured cheekbone.
‘While the injuries they sustained will heal over time, the memories of Shipley’s shocking attack will stay with them forever.
‘However I hope that the sentence handed to him today will help to provide some closure and allow them to move on with their lives.’