Two men from Slough have been jailed after being convicted of attempted robbery in Slough after the pair left a shopworker with broken ribs and a hand injury.

Aftab Yousaf, aged 19, of Pursers Court, Slough and Jason Byrne, aged 22, of Kendal Drive, Slough were both convicted of the offence following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

At approximately 5.40pm on January 12, the pair entered Lynton Stores in Albert Street and demanded the member of staff handed over cash. The staff member was subsequently hit with a blunt object, subsequently sustaining injuries to his ribs and hand. Nothing was stolen during the robbery.

Yousaf was arrested on January 13 and Byrne was arrested the following day. Both were charged with attempted robbery on January 14.

Both entered guilty pleas on February 18 and returned to Reading Crown Court for sentencing on March 25.

Yousaf was jailed for three years and Byrne was jailed for four years and eight months.

Detective Constable Abdi Awil, of Force CID based at Slough police station, said: “Although nothing was stolen during this incident, the impact that the attempted robbery had on the victim cannot be underestimated.

“It was a frightening and harrowing experience for the victim, and I would like to praise him for his courage throughout our investigation.

“I am pleased that the two offenders have been brought to justice and as a result of their actions will serve prison sentences.”