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Margate: Michael Challis in prison after threatening victim with knife to steal phone

By Katie Davis

A robber who pushed a man against a wall and threatened him with a knife to steal a mobile phone has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

Michael Challis, 21, of Athelstan Road, was also charged with cannabis possession following a search of his property.

The robbery happened on Saturday, March 25 in an alleyway off Athelstan Road, Margate.

Michael Challis. Picture: Kent Police
Michael Challis. Picture: Kent Police

After the victim had reported this incident he recognised Challis through a mutual friend's Facebook profile and contacted the police.

Officers then searched Challis’ house and found traces of cannabis and other drugs paraphernalia.

Challis was arrested and later charged with robbery, having a blade in a public place and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He had previously denied the charges but was found guilty and sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, June 26.

Detective Constable Pip Vickery said: "Robbery involving a knife is a serious crime that we do not tolerate.

"I hope this sentence sends a strong message to people who carry a knife that they will be dealt with robustly by the courts."

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