Malcolm Alker playing for Salford

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Alker performed greater than 350 instances for Salford Metropolis Reds

A former rugby worldwide who robbed a KFC restaurant and a Tesco Categorical retailer whereas armed with a machete has been jailed for 4 years.

Malcolm Alker, who performed for Salford Metropolis Reds, pleaded responsible to 2 counts of armed theft and carrying a bladed instrument at Bolton Crown Courtroom.

The previous hooker, 39, performed over 350 video games for the rugby league aspect between 1997 and 2010 and gained two England caps.

Alker, of Rathern Avenue, Larger Ince in Wigan, was additionally a coach on the membership.

The Crown Prosecution Service stated Alker and his co-defendant Michael Naylor had robbed the 2 companies on 31 October 2017.

The pair, who had been carrying balaclavas, raided the quick meals restaurant in Pemberton first, earlier than shifting onto the store in Whelley, a spokesman stated.

She stated a bundle of £20 notes they took from the Tesco Categorical contained a GPS tracker, which police tracked to Delegarte Road in Ince.

Officers discovered Naylor “hiding behind a automotive” with the notes and tracker in his pocket and Alker “then got here out of the bushes together with his fingers up”.

Naylor, 25, of West Road, Larger Ince, admitted the identical offences as Alker and acquired the identical sentence.

Alker retired attributable to damage in 2010 and his 16-year affiliation with Salford ended the next 12 months.

He captained the membership for nearly a decade, however courted controversy a variety of instances and was stripped of the role in 2009 following a breach of membership guidelines throughout a January coaching camp in America.

He returned as captain two months later, however ultimately left the membership following a dispute over a training ground incident in April 2011.

He later admitted in his autobiography to taking cocaine and banned growth hormones throughout his enjoying days.