An armed raider who was thwarted by residents in their own home has been jailed for more than four years after police linked him to the attempted robbery.

Peshang Ahmed forced his way into a property in Hillfields, Coventry, and then demanded money after being confronted by an occupier on 12 September last year.

Armed with a machete, he threatened to harm the resident before two more people from the address were awoken and went to assist.

Between the three of them they challenged Ahmed, forcing him to drop the weapon, and he fled the address empty-handed.

The occupiers escaped with only minor injuries and after enquiries, West Midlands Police arrested Ahmed in October.

The 26-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted attempted robbery and also possession of a bladed article, confirmed police.

The menace was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment at Coventry Crown Court last Tuesday (16 May).

PC James Rees, from Coventry CID, said: “To have an intruder in your house, wielding a machete, demanding money and threatening to kill you is a thing of nightmares. Those in the property were very brave and thankfully no-one was injured.

“It is never the right thing to carry a weapon and we’ll continue to clampdown hard on those who arm themselves and bring them before the courts.”

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