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Hammer-wielding would-be robber foils own crime - by handing mobile phone back to victim

PUBLISHED: 10:16 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:24 21 September 2015

Ashley Love

Ashley Love

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A hammer-wielding attacker tried to rob a passer-by - then gave his victim's mobile phone back to him, a court heard.

A hammer-wielding attacker tried to rob a passer-by - then gave his victim’s mobile phone back to him, a court heard.

Ashley Love, 26, accosted his 21-year-old victim and demanded money from him in Stanbrook Road, Gravesend, on May 20.

But when the victim’s phone fell out of his pocket as he ran away, Love at first announced that he would keep it - but then chased after his victim and handed it back.

Love, of Ebbsfleet Walk, Northfleet, was on licence at the time of the offence, and was jailed for three years and four months after admitting attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

Investigating officer PC Hollie Brown said: “Love’s offences are violent and destructive.”

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