Terror as shop worker threatened with ‘huge knife’
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.
Queen’s Avenue off-licence in Hurdsfield and James Stanley Duncan who police want to speak to connection with the incident