Ter­ror as shop worker threat­ened with ‘huge knife’

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

ASHOP worker says he feared for his life dur­ing a ter­ri­fy­ing armed rob­bery.

The masked of­fender burst into the Queen’s Av­enue off-li­cence in Hurds­field just be­fore 7pm on Fri­day armed with a large knife.

He then re­peat­edly de­manded cash from the till be­fore slam­ming the blade down into the counter.

The brave shop as­sis­tant, who was work­ing alone, re­sisted dur­ing the three-minute or­deal.

Even­tu­ally the rob­ber fled the scene with a few bot­tles of spir­its and cig­a­rettes.

Speak­ing af­ter the in­ci­dent in Queen’s Av­enue, the 42-year-old shop worker, who did not want to be named, said: “I was stood be­hind the counter when I heard the door open. I didn’t look up to see who had come in, so the first time I re­alised what was hap­pen­ing was when he stood in front of me wear­ing a mask and shout­ing ‘open the till’.

“It was then I saw the knife. It was huge, six or seven inches and like a butcher’s chop­ping knife. I was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied.

“He chopped the blade into the counter and started shout­ing. I hon­estly feared for my life.

“It was the first time any­thing like that has hap­pened to me. I was scared and in a panic.”

De­spite his fear, the shop worker re­fused to open the till but handed over bot­tles and cig­a­rettes.

The rob­ber fled to­wards Hul­ley Road and the vic­tim called the po­lice.

Jan­son Joseph, who owns the shop, praised the re­sponse from the po­lice and com­mu­nity.

The 43-year-old said: “Po­lice ar­rived in min­utes and took the CCTV and fin­ger­prints. They were great. We’ve also had a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity. We’ve only be open for about a year and wel­comed into the area.

“There was a lot of con­cern for my staff who didn’t de­serve through this.

“I ask ev­ery­one to help po­lice catch this man and bring him to jus­tice.”

The of­fender, who was wear­ing a bal­a­clava and dark clothes, is de­scribed as white, slim and 5ft 5ins tall.

DC Ryan Og­den said: “Thank­fully the lone shop as­sis­tant wasn’t in­jured to go but was left shocked by his or­deal.

“I would urge any­one who saw any­thing sus­pi­cious in the area at the time or has any in­for­ma­tion to con­tact po­lice.”

Po­lice have now is­sued an im­age of a man they want to speak to in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent and an­other rob­bery in Con­gle­ton on Novem- ber 13. James Stan­ley Dun­can, 25, has con­nec­tions to the town.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent 967 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Main pic: Google Street View

Queen’s Av­enue off-li­cence in Hurds­field and James Stan­ley Dun­can who po­lice want to speak to con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent

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