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Former rugby league captain jailed for KFC machete robbery

From BBC - January 12, 2018

A former rugby international who robbed a KFC restaurant and a Tesco Express store while armed with a machete has been jailed for four years.

Malcolm Alker, who played for Salford City Reds, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and carrying a bladed instrument at Bolton Crown Court.

The former hooker, 39, played over 350 games for the rugby league side between 1997 and 2010 and won two England caps.

Alker, of Rathern Avenue, Higher Ince in Wigan, was also a coach at the club.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Alker and his co-defendant Michael Naylor had robbed the two businesses on 31 October 2017.

'Hands up'

The pair, who were wearing balaclavas, raided the fast food restaurant in Pemberton first, before moving onto the shop in Whelley, a spokesman said.

She said a bundle of 20 notes they took from the Tesco Express contained a GPS tracker, which police tracked to Delegarte Street in Ince.

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