Armed rob­ber threat­ens north-east take­away boss

Crime: At­tempted mug­ging leaves quiet com­mu­nity in shock

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICK HUMPHREYS

A quiet north-east com­mu­nity was in “shock” yes­ter­day af­ter a take­away boss was con­fronted by a knife-wield­ing would-be rob­ber. Mo Rah­man, boss of Café Mint on Com­merce Street, said the cul­prit pulled out a “big knife” and de­manded he hand over his watch and jew­ellery.

A quiet north-east com­mu­nity was in “shock” yes­ter­day af­ter a take­away boss was con­fronted by a knifewield­ing would-be rob­ber.

Mo Rah­man, boss of Cafe Mint on Com­merce Street, In­sch, said the cul­prit pulled out a “big knife” and de­manded he hand over his watch and jew­ellery.

Mr Rah­man man­aged to shrug him off dur­ing the in­ci­dent on Thurs­day night, but the man re­mained at large last night.

Of­fi­cers swooped on the nor­mally quiet vil­lage in their num­bers and led a search by torch­light through the trees for the wanted man, and also checked prop­er­ties to try to find him.

Po­lice said they were search­ing for a man who is 6ft tall with dark hair and who was wear­ing a cap.

De­tec­tive Sergeant John Lums­den said: “This ap­pears to have been an iso­lated in­ci­dent and of­fi­cers are fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive line of in­quiry.

“Although he wasn’t in­jured it has nat­u­rally been up­set­ting for the man in­volved.

Of­fi­cers would ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion con­tacts them on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111 to re­main anony­mous.”

Mary Barnes, from Vic­to­ria Street, In­sch, said: “It’s shock­ing to think some- thing like that would hap­pen here. Hope­fully the po­lice catch the guy. It’s re­ally nasty. We don’t want our busi­nesses to be tar­geted in the fu­ture.”

Derek McLin­tock, of Ge­orge Street, added: “It’s nor­mally so quiet here. I’m sure some­one will have seen some­thing to help the po­lice get the guy. Fair play to Mo for stick­ing up for him­self.”

Coun­cil­lor Vic­to­ria Harper was relieved that Mr Rah­man sur­vived the or­deal un­hurt.

She said: “I’m very relieved be­cause it could have been much worse. Ev­ery­one is ea­ger for the cul­prit to be ap­pre­hended.”

Mr Rah­man de­scribed the man as hav­ing an Es­sex ac­cent, and said: “I could see the man com­ing down the road ahead of me, and then go into a lane be­side the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel.

“The next thing I knew, he was com­ing up to me and say­ing ‘give me your watch and jew­ellery’.

“At that point, he pulled out a big knife but I grabbed him by the hand and asked what he was do­ing.”

“He pulled out a big knife but I grabbed him by the hand”

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