Update: ‘I won’t give in to ‘scumbag’ robber’ says woman who fought off knifeman in Grantham shop

Michelson's newsagent, Victoria Street, Grantham.
Michelson's newsagent, Victoria Street, Grantham.

A shop assistant who scared off a knife-wielding robber at a newsagent says she refuses to be put off work by a ‘scumbag’.

The 26-year-old woman, who does not wish to be named, fought off the armed robber in Michelson’s newsagent, in Victoria Street, Grantham, when he went into the shop and got behind the counter. She was off work for four days after the incident.

The shop assistant told the Journal she managed to push him away, but she added: “He came back at me with the knife and put it to my neck. I shut the till drawer on his hand. I set the alarms off and he fled the shop.”

She said that it was the first time in 10 years of working in retail that this had happened to her.

The robber entered the shop at about 8.35pm on December 22 and got away with a small amount of cash.

She added: “I am still very, very shook up now. It was a horrible ordeal to go through.

“At the end of the day, why should I let a scumbag like that win? I have come back to work and I am still a bit on edge, but I will get over it with the support of my colleagues, customers and family.”

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.

Shop manager Phil O’Grady told the Journal: “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 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.”

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.