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Social worker facing “lengthy” jail term for robbing Workington pharmacy

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] QUALIFIED social worker has heard he faces a jail term of “some length” for a knifepoint robbery at a Workington pharmacy.

Carl Michael McGlasson, 33, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning (THURS) when he faced a total of three charges.

McGlasson pleaded guilty to robbing an employee at the Moorclose pharmacy, Westfield Drive, of the pain relief drug oxycodone. This is said to have been a crime he committed at knifepoint on the morning of June 4.

He also admitted offences of kitchen knife possession in public – at Workington’s Harrington Road – and going equipped for theft with a “face-covering, knife and hammer”. These two charges relate to an incident on April 9 and what the prosecution say was a “practice” or “dry run” for the later criminal conduct.

Defence barrister Brendan Burke told the court McGlasson, of Victoria Road, Workington, was a “qualified social worker” who had been employed at a tax office weeks before his offending.

Background reports were sought and Judge James Adkin adjourned the case until September 3 when McGlasson is due to be sentenced at the crown court. He was remanded in custody, and told by Judge Adkin: “You should expect a custodial sentence of some length.”