The Crown Prosecution Service has apologised for 'upset and distress' suffered by post office staff held at knifepoint by a thug from Burton who was awaiting trial for THREE armed robberies.
Prosecutors have admitted they should have done more to detain Michael Ahearne who subjected Nigel and Sarah Powlson to a terrifying raid while on bail in connection with a trio of other robberies.
Mr and Mrs Powlson were held at knifepoint by Ahearne when he robbed Draycott in the Clay Post Office in June.
It was the second time the 33-year-old had robbed the shop brandishing a weapon in just 15 months.
He already had convictions for a string of armed robberies dating back seven years.
Speaking after Ahearne was sentenced to 14 years in prison, Mr Powlson slammed the court's decision not to remand the Blakeholme Court man in custody after his first three offences.
Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders wrote back to Mr Griffiths: "There are lessons to learn from what happened in this.
"We should have made better decisions in respect of whether an appeal against bail was appropriate both at the time of charge and at the first magistrates' court hearing. I am very sorry that this did not happen.
"I would like to apologise to your constituents for the upset and distress they had to endure. I hope they will be reassured from the conversations which have taken place that the CPS has taken this matter very seriously."
The CPS also wrote to Mr and Mrs Powlson to apologise for not challenging the court's decision to grant bail.
Mr Griffiths said: "I am pleased that after my intervention the CPS have admitted they were wrong and they should have made better decisions about whether an appeal against bail was appropriate.
"The CPS have shared lessons learned from this case with prosecutors and I hope as a result of this, offenders with previous dangerous criminal histories will not be granted bail when evidence clearly demonstrates they will offend again.
"People need to have faith in the CPS and they need to feel confident that the CPS are doing all they can to keep dangerous people off the streets and protect the public.
"I am glad the CPS recognise they need to learn lessons from these mistakes."