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MetiNews.Com - Daniel Taylor, 27, has received a lengthy jail term
Breaking News ! A crack addict who went on a robbery spree in Salford told his victims he would stab them and launched a racist tirade against a policeman when he was caught. Daniel Taylor, 27, committed four robberies in the space of a week last December, and has now received a lengthy jail term. Taylor, from Salford, said he'd stab a Tesco security guard, threatened a member of staff at Boots, robbed a man of his Apple Airpods and threatened to stab two women working at a perfume shop at Salford Precinct. One of the women left her job, and another, a trainee surgeon, said she was physically sick while recalling her ordeal. Talking of Taylor, she said: "I actually loathe him, it's just disgusting. I can't actually believe what he did, and how he made me feel." Get our free M.E.N. Court newsletter Manchester's courts are some of the busiest in the country with a vast array of cases heard every week. To keep up to date with how justice is being served across Greater Manchester subscribe to our free weekly M.E.N. Court News newsletter put together by our court reporters Andrew Bardsley and Amy Walker. How do I sign up? First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then tick the MEN Court News box. There are other newsletters available if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, hit Save Changes button at the bottom. Taylor managed to escape during each incident, but police caught up with him using CCTV footage, Manchester Crown Court heard. When officers raided the flat Taylor shared with his girlfriend, the robber hid in a divan bed. He was discovered and claimed he had been injured during the ensuing scuffle with police. Taylor was taken to hospital and medics discharged him into police custody soon afterwards - but he was aggressive and abusive to the arresting officers in hospital, in the police van and at the station. Throughout his arrest, he directed a string of racism to a black policeman, calling him a "monkey" and telling him to "eat some bananas". Taylor also told the officer he would kill his family as he watched. Manchester Crown Court (Image: MEN Media) Prosecutor Adam Watkins said the robbery spree began on December 2 at around 8.40am when Taylor - dressed in a camouflage bandana and carrying a backpack - entered the Tesco store in Pendleton. As he tried to leave the shop he asked the security guard "are you going to try and stop me?" before threatening to stab the employee. When Taylor produced a small knife around one inch long, the security guard grabbed him and the two men fell to the floor, Mr Watkins said. During the struggle two bottles fell from Taylor's backpack and smashed on the ground. He left the store and was heard to continue to threaten to stab the security guard. Just 15 minutes later, at 9.05am, Taylor walked into the Boots store at Salford Precinct, where he was recognised by a staff member. The hooded and masked robber told the woman "come f***ing near me and I will stab you" and then reached into his coat pocket, Mr Watkins said. Read More Related Articles Two men appear in court accused of murder of Moston man Read More Related Articles Murder investigation as woman, 29, found dead at home in Prestwich is named She shouted for a colleague to call the police and the defendant then mimicked her voice saying "call the police". Taylor took around 20 perfume bottles from the shop, some of which were thought to be worth around £100, Mr Watkins said.
.10am on December 3. A young man was walking on Hankinson Way in Pendleton, and had stopped outside Salford Precinct to try and connect to the shopping centre Wifi to tell his mum he was on his way home. Taylor - who was riding a bike - circled his victim and engaged him in conversation for several minutes, telling the young man to hand over his Apple Airpod earphones. He repeatedly asked for £1 and claimed to be homeless, Mr Watkins said. Taylor asked the victim to withdraw money from a nearby cash machine and when his balance showed there was only £2.40 in his account, the defendant took the Airpods. When he asked for them back Taylor asked: “Do you want me to stab you?” and rode away on his bike. Three days later, on the afternoon of December 6, Taylor ran into the Fragrance Shop, in Salford Precinct, jumped on the counter and shouted “I’m going to f***ing stab you”.
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The two women working behind the counter noticed Taylor was holding a knife, the prosecutor said. The defendant pushed one of the workers towards the till before grabbing perfume bottles and fleeing. In a statement after the incident, one victim said: "I think it was all planned and that he was desperate. I was just so frightened as he was so aggressive." The other, a trainee surgeon, said she had to be persuaded to stay in Salford and 'face her fears'. She said: "I couldn't believe what had happened, I went home that day and had an emotional breakdown. "I wanted to pack up my things and go back to London." Taylor, of Citrus Way, Salford, admitted four counts of robbery and one count of racially aggravated intentional harassment causing alarm or distress towards a police officer. Defending, Keith Jones said Taylor had suffered 'significant traumatic events' which led him to fall into crack cocaine addiction. He said Taylor has been clean of drugs in prison, and is 'extremely remorseful'. Mr Jones said: "He fully understands the impact that he has had on the victims in this case, and offers his sincere apologies through me." Taylor was declared a 'dangerous' offender and handed an extended sentence. He must serve two-thirds of an eight year custodial term in prison, and the Parole Board will decide when he can be released. He also faces an additional two years on licence. Taylor also received a further eight months in jail for the racially aggravated offence. Sentencing, Judge Hilary Manley said the 'tragic events' in Taylor's life were 'no excuse for targeting other people and frightening them in such a terrifying way'.
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