18:11 Tuesday 02 April 2013

Cashier tries to fight off robber armed with blade

Written byJOSHUA TAYLOR

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A SHOP worker attempted to fight off a knife-wielding robber who posed as a customer before demanding cash.

The crook walked into the family-run Yalda Shop, on the corner of Uxbridge Street and Alma Street in Burton, in broad daylight.

Inspector Tyrone Kerr, of Staffordshire Police, told the Mail: “He walked in during business hours, pretending to be a legitimate customer.

“He approached the cashier, who was behind the counter, and produced a large kitchen knife and demanded money.”

There was then a fight between the shop worker, believed to be the son of the establishment’s owner.

“But ultimately the offender obtained a quantity of cash before leaving the store,” Insp Kerr said.

The criminal is described as an Asian male of slim build, around 6ft tall, aged in his 20s with designer stubble. He was wearing a black and blue hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and black shoes.

“The cashier attempted to defend the property from the robber but he unfortunately escaped,” Insp Kerr said.

“What the cashier has done is very brave and very praiseworthy, but we would always urge people in such situations to consider their own safety first.

“The standard advice is never to challenge offenders physically, especially when they are armed.

“Instead try to remember all the details and a description of the offender so we can thoroughly investigate the crime.”

The robbery was committed at 2.30pm last Thursday, although an appeal for witnesses has only just been made by detectives investigating the case.

Insp Kerr said: “We are keen to hear anything from anyone who knows anything about the offence.”

Witnesses and people with information are urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 401 of March 28, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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