Shopkeeper’s machete terror

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A shop assistant has told of his terror after a convenience store was targeted by a machete-wielding robber.

Ansari Sekdhawood was behind the counter at MNS News and Wine on Jubits Lane, Sutton Manor, when an armed robber burst into the shop shortly after 10pm last Thursday (February 13).

Mr Sekdhawood told how the thug menacingly swung a machete into a box at the front of the counter before forcing his way behind the counter - where Mr Sekhdawood and his boss, Mr Kubeak, were both stood.

He said: “We saw him running towards the front door of the shop and he came in waving the knife around. He hit a box at the front of the counter and then went to hit my boss.

“He shouted ‘open the till’ so my boss opened the till and he stole money and a few boxes of cigarettes. We were both in shock.

“I’ve only worked here for two months but the regular customers have been really kind. They’ve all been

checking we’re okay.

“I’m a bit wary of working after dark now.”

Mr Sekdhawood believes the robber may have emerged from undergrowth opposite the shop - next to the old Sutton Manor Colliery site - before bursting in.

Police say the robber then ran off in the direction of Tennyson Street. Nobody was injured.

Police patrols were immediately increased in the area in a bid to locate the offender and detectives have spoken to witnesses and are examining CCTV footage from the shop and surrounding area.

The offender is described as white and was wearing a dark coat, black cap and sunglasses and had a local accent.

DI Martin Earl said: “I am sure the local community will be as appalled as I am at this incident, in which a man has threatened a shop owner who was only doing his job.

“If anyone was in the area at the time and saw a man acting suspiciously, then please contact police. Your information, no matter how trivial you may think it is, could go a long way to catching the offender and bringing him to justice.”

Anyone with information can contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6038 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.