Robber put knife to the throat of Grantham shop worker before stealing cash

Michelson's newsagent, Victoria Street, Grantham.

Michelson's newsagent, Victoria Street, Grantham.

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The manager of a newsagent in Grantham has told how a robber put a knife to the throat of a young female shop assistant before stealing cash from the till.

The robbery happened a few days before Christmas at Michelson’s newsagent in Victoria Street, off Springfield Road. The assistant, in her mid 20s, was unhurt but left very shaken. She managed to trap the robber’s fingers in the till and he then ran off.

Manager Phil O’Grady told the Journal: “The man walked straight behind the till and put the knife to my colleague’s throat, and whether correctly or wrongly, she knocked the man’s hand away and she closed the till on his fingers. He quickly left. He got away with a small amount of cash.”

Mr O’Grady, who has worked at the shop for almost two years, said the shop assistant was ‘extremely shaken up’. She had a small mark to her neck, but he wasn’t sure if that was from the knife.

He added: “She is back to work now and is still very uneasy, but hopefully with the support of myself, the other members of staff and our customers we will get through this. We are not going to let the perpetrator get away with this. We are carrying on as normal and my colleague is back at work. She is taking each day as it comes.”

The offender is described as a white man, around 5ft 8in in height, and wearing dark clothing. He was last seen running off to Hudson Way across Springfield Road.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything in relation to the robbery, or anyone who has any information that they think could help the enquiry, to contact them on 101 quoting incident 381 of Tuesday, December 22.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.