Cashier’s knife raid ter­ror

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - CHARLOTTE GREEN

THIS is the ter­ri­fy­ing mo­ment a masked knife­man left a cashier ‘trau­ma­tised’ af­ter he tried to rob an Ac­cring­ton off li­cence. As­sis­tant man­ager Deanne Shaw, 23, says she is strug­gling to sleep and fears re­turn­ing to work af­ter foil­ing the raid at Bar­gain Booze on Whalley Road.

The hooded of­fender - bran­dish­ing two kitchen knives - ap­proached the counter and de­manded she open the till and hand over cash.

But quick-think­ing Deanne was able to lock her­self in a back room and call the po­lice.

She said: “I can’t close my eyes with­out see­ing him. As soon as I saw the knives I was scream­ing.”

Store man­ager Julie Pet­tet said they were re­ally scared by what had hap­pened.

DC Owen John­son de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a ‘ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal’, and po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion.

It comes less than a fort­night af­ter a rob­bery at a Bar­gain Booze in Oswaldtwistle.

A CASHIER says she has been left ‘trau­ma­tised’ af­ter be­ing threat­ened by a masked man wield­ing knives in a ter­ri­fy­ing at­tempted raid.

The of­fender en­tered the Bar­gain Booze store on Whalley Road, Ac­cringon armed with two kitchen knives at around 9.40pm on Satur­day, October 21 de­mand­ing money from the cashier Deanne Shaw.

The 23-year-old fled to the back of the store and called the po­lice be­fore the man made off.

Deanne, who has worked at the store for more than two years, said she has strug­gled to sleep since and fears re­turn­ing to work. She said: “This man came in with two re­ally big kitchen knives in his hand and started bang­ing them on the counter and said ‘open the till’.

“I man­aged to lock my­self be­hind the door and he’s come and tried the door. I man­aged to ring the po­lice and my dad.

“I can’t close my eyes with­out see­ing him. Since Satur­day morn­ing I have only slept for about eight hours, I just can’t go to sleep.”

Deanne added: “I don’t know how I re­acted so fast.

“As soon as I saw the knives I was scream­ing and I didn’t know where to put my­self. The po­lice said it could have been a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story.

“Now I don’t know if I can even go back to work, but I shouldn’t have to live in fear.”

Store man­ager Julie Pet­tet said they were re­ally scared about what hap­pened.

She added: “My as­sis­tant man­ager rang me af­ter it hap­pened and I got a taxi over. When she saw the man with the knife she ran into the back room and locked the door and hit the panic but­ton.

“His face was cov­ered up but you could tell it was a man. She is trau­ma­tised by what’s hap­pened.

“I don’t know if she’s go­ing to come back be­cause she is that up­set about it.

“I have been here seven years and this is the sec­ond time it’s hap­pened.”

Cashier Deanne Shaw

The rob­ber cap­tured on CCTV with one of the knives es ( (cir­cled) cir­cled)

Deanne Shaw locked her­self into the back room to get away from the knife­man

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at Bar­gain Booze on Whalley Road, Ac­cring­ton

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