Cashier’s knife raid terror
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