Masked knifeman escapes with cash after shop robbery

The robber brandishing the knife in the One Stop shop
The robber brandishing the knife in the One Stop shop

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A MASKED robber got away with about £350 after threatening staff at a convenience store with a knife.

The man, who was wearing a scarf over his face, raided the One Stop shop, in Copnor Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, and demanded money from the till.

The incident happened just after 7.30pm last night.

Around 10 people – including two children aged under five – were in the shop at the time.

One member of the public challenged the robber, but he continued to make threats until the shop assistant handed over the contents of the till, which was about £350.

The robber then ran off.

Det Con Rachael Hannam, of Fratton CID, said: ‘This was a very distressing incident, which occurred in front of a shop full of people – including two very young children.

‘I’d urge anyone who witnessed anything to get in touch as a matter of urgency – especially the member of the public who tried to engage the robber.’

Patrick Ho, who works nearby at The Wonderful Eat Chinese takeaway, in Copnor Road, said: ‘The police came in asking if we have any CCTV, but we don’t.

‘I didn’t know about the robbery until a customer came in and said.

‘I don’t think it’s happened before, but I think staff at the shop are constantly hassled.’

The robber was a white male, believed to be in his 20s, and wore a scarf over his face and a navy blue jacket.

Anyone who saw a man matching the description shortly before the incident or fleeing the shop afterwards is asked to contact police immediately.

Officers are also keen to hear from the member of the public who challenged the man.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Hannam on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.