Terror dur­ing knife rob­bery at chip shop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Po­lice are hunt­ing for a rob­ber who held a knife to the throat of a fish and chip shop worker and de­manded money.

The man, wear­ing a hooded jacket, car­ried out the raid on the Fish Stop in Hunter Av­enue, Willes­bor­ough on Thurs­day at 8.30pm.

The chippy owner, who didn’t wish to be named, said a day’s worth of tak­ings were stolen in the rob­bery.

He said: “He came in, shouted ‘money!’ and grabbed the boy who works for me by his T-shirt and put the knife to his throat. It was all over in 30 sec­onds.

“The rob­ber was in a bomber jacket and had cov­ered his en­tire face, so the only thing you could see were his eyes.

“It was not very nice for the lad. He did the right thing to hand over the money. We’ve had lots of cus­tomers com­ing in to see if he is all right.

“The po­lice­man told me that in 25 years he has never seen a raid like this be­fore.

“This shop has been here for 40 years, and an in­ci­dent like this has never been known to hap­pen be­fore.”

He added that he has now been forced to spend the equiv­a­lent of another day’s tak­ing to get new CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in the take­away.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent say the knife­man is a stocky white man aged be­tween 20 and 25 and 5ft 10in. He was wear­ing a wa­ter­proof black hooded top.

DS Stephanie Devon said: “The in­ci­dent took place in an area with a num­ber of houses and is a close-knit com­mu­nity, so we are sure some­one will have seen or heard some­thing that is re­lated to the rob­bery that can as­sist our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

She ap­pealed for wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion to get in touch with Kent Po­lice on 01843 222289 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber ZY/028363/15.

‘This shop has been here for 40 years, and an in­ci­dent like this has never been known to hap­pen’

Fish Stop in Hunter Av­enue, Willes­bor­ough

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