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Former Ilkeston Town footballer jailed after four violent incidents in 40 minutes

Jailed: Aaron Hooton.
Jailed: Aaron Hooton.

A former Ilkeston Town footballer has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he committed four violent incidents in the space of 40 minutes.

Aaron Hooton carried out two knife-point robberies at two shops in Sutton, Nottinghamshire, getting away with energy drinks, cash, vodka and chewing gum, on Sunday, April 22.

The 28-year-old, of Clare Road, Sutton, then went on to try and assault a woman in a car before using a knife to damage a water pipe in the allotments near to Willowbridge Lane.

Hooton was arrested by armed officers.

He pleaded guilty to the offences on 13 July and was sentenced on Tuesday at Nottingham Crown Court.

Chris Grundy, who investigated the case, said: "Hooton's violent spree had a huge impact on a number of people in the Sutton area and I can't thank the response and armed officers enough, who attended and managed to arrest him so quickly. I'm glad that we managed to piece the incidents together and present strong evidence that led to him pleading guilty, and that he is now serving a lengthy sentence behind bars."