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IF Statement then remove first 4 characters

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I have a description field that has  the following:

<!A>Description of Product
<!B>Description of Next Product
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<!C>Description of Third Product

I'm wanting to put in a formula where if the description field contains "<" then I want to trim the first 4 characters. If there is no "<" at the beginning then do nothing. So in essence I want to just remove the "<!A>","<!B>","<!C>"
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by:Steve Wales
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Something like this:

select case 
         when substring(COL1,1,1) = '<' then substring(col1,5,len(col1)-4)
         else col1
       end
from
(select '<!A>Line 1' as COL1
union 
select 'Line 2'
union
select '<!B>Line 3') as a

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Returns this:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
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awking00 earned 1200 total points
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select case when charindex('<',description) = 1 then right(description, len(description) - 4) else description end as description
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