UPDATE: Shop owner talks about Grantham knife robbery

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A thief walked into a Grantham shop on Tuesday (Dec 18) and threatened a female member of staff with a knife before fleeing with cash.

The thief walked into the convenience store on the corner of Dudley Road and St Anne’s Street - opposite Headstart Nursery - at around 6.30pm.

The newsagent on the corner of Dudley Road and St Anne's Street.

The newsagent on the corner of Dudley Road and St Anne's Street.

Owner of the Day-Today Express convenience store Subramaniyam Vithiyakanthan told the Journal the robber walked round the counter and put the knife against the body of the female shop assistant before demanding cash,

Mr Vithiyakanthan said: “They guy put his knife against her and said ‘take out the money’. She gave it to him and he ran away.

“You could only see his eyes because of his clothes.”

Mr Vithiyakanthan said the shop assistant was not injured in the robbery but was shaken by the incident.

He said: “She is fine - she is not hurt but she was crying. She is very upset because he came with a knife.

“He did not take anything else - cash only.”

The offender is described as around 5’ 4” tall. He was wearing a black jacket with a black hood up and black jeans. He also had a black scarf covering his face.

Mr Vithiyakanthan said he had never had any trouble since opening his Grantham store in April.

He said: “All our customers in Grantham are very good people - quiet people. I think he might not be from Grantham because people here are good people.

“We want the same as our customers, for a very safe life.”

Mr Vithiyakanthan praised the police for their work investigating the incident.

He said: “They have been very helpful. They have gone round the houses taking information from people.

“We close at 8.30pm so it was very quiet when it happened.

“They have told me what to do and I am going to fit more lights outside the shop to make it safer because it is very dark at night.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call DC Sam Spriggs via the non emergency 101 number, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.