A teenage c-store worker in Leicestershire was forced to the ground and grabbed around the neck during an attempted robbery. A man walked into the Londis store in Hinckley carrying an imitation firearm, which he pointed at two members of staff and then demanded the keys to the store’s safe. When the staff refused, the raider grabbed sales assistant Matthew Brown, 19, and forced him to the floor, before fleeing when Matthew’s colleague set off the store’s panic alarm. After his ordeal, Matthew said he was extremely grateful to his colleague for raising the alarm.

Resourceful staff at a Worcestershire c-store refused to let ram raiders affect their business and set up a makeshift store at the back of the damaged shop.
The staff took the unusual step after turning up for work to find the front window and door of the One Stop store in Malvern had been smashed in. Ram raiders had driven through the store’s front and made off with a large quantity of cigarettes. A storeroom was used to serve customers one by one, using scraps of paper to add up the totals, until the front of the store was repaired a few days later.

A man who racially abused a Scottish c-store worker before punching him repeatedly in the face has been spared a jail term so that he can address his drinking problem. A court in Aberdeen heard that Stewart Carrie had hurled punches and abuse at an assistant in the Glenogil c-store in Forfar after going on an 11-day drinking binge. In mitigation, it was said that Carrie, who was ordered to pay £200 compensation and banned from going into the store for three months, had no recollection of the attack as a result of the large amount he had drunk.