A raider who pointed a gun at a town centre bank worker has been jailed for eight years.
Drug addict Adam John Howe, 32, tried to rob the HSBC bank in Accrington using a gun that was later identified as a BB gun, a type of air gun.
Howe, of Lemonius Street, Accrington, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Burnley Crown Court heard he entered the Blackburn Road bank wearing a high visibility jacket and a motorcycle helmet.
David Macro, prosecuting, said passers by saw Howe acting suspiciously in the area and, when he noticed them, he stared
at them and then lifted up his jacket as if to show off the weapon in his waistband.
He said Howe entered the bank and pointed it at the female bank worker.
He gesticulated as if to demand money and she and another worker fled into the back office and activated the alarm, the court heard.
Mr Macro said: “After she got back to the office she shook uncontrollably. She asked for an escort to her car such was her worry at the end of the day.
“She cancelled a holiday that had been arranged for her birthday the day after. She was going to Devon with her husband but such was her upset she did not go.”
He added the other member of staff suffered restless nights for a week after the incident on July 4.
The jacket, gloves, helmet and gun were all recovered from the grounds of a church and DNA from the gloves was later matched to Howe.
Howe has two previous convictions for robbery including one using a claw hammer to threaten a shop worker.
Martin Hackett, defending, said Howe was addicted to benzodiazepine and was remorseful for his actions.
He said: “I have to accept the trauma that he no doubt inflicted on the victims in this case.”
Recorder Suzanne Goddard, jailing Howe, told him that if he committed further robberies he could be sentenced to life in prison.