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Stretton man held at knifepoint in terrifying attempted robbery ordeal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

By Steve Ashby

Stretton Village Store.

Stretton Village Store.

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A SHOP owner who was threatened at knifepoint during an attempted robbery has spoken of his ordeal.

Suman Tharmaturai was working his regular shift at his shop, Stretton Village Store, when a masked crook entered.

Mr Tharmaturai said: "The man came into my shop carrying a knife. It must have been at least nine or 10 inches long.

"He walked straight up to the counter and shouted at me."

The robber had sunglasses on his head and wore a mask, a black hooded top, dark trousers and trainers.

Mr Tharmaturai described him as being approximately 6ft tall with a thin build and black hair, and carrying a large bag.

He added: "He threw the bag on the counter and told me to empty the money from the till and put it in his bag.

"It was scary seeing him stand there with a knife, I've never been involved in anything like that before.

"I told him I wasn't going to give him the money and he started to get angry.

"He told me to give him the money again, so I threatened to call the police and then he ran out of the shop and down the road."

Mr Tharmaturai was not hurt and the offender left empty handed.

The crime took place on Wednesday at around 12.15pm, but details were only released yesterday by Staffordshire Police.

The Co-op store in Winshill was targeted by masked robbers on the same day.

Sergeant Bob Champeau, of Staffordshire Police, said: "We are not linking the two crimes at this point.

"We are keen to reassure the public that this kind of crime is still uncommon and doesn't happen very often.

"It affects a number of people, not just the shop owners but also the members of the public and we take this kind of offence very seriously.

"We would advise people to never put themselves in harm's way if they are involved in this kind of crime and, if it is safe to do so, to try to remember what the person looks like or any registration plates of vehicles they use."

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