A robber armed with a knife is being hunted by police after targeting a newsagents in West Croydon, Surrey. The man demanded a lone female shop assistant hand over cash from the till at the Tamworth Road store. The robber, who was captured on CCTV, escaped on foot.
An axe-wielding raider has been jailed for four years after an attempted robbery at a Bradford Mace store. Drug addict Narinder Kumar told a court he had been forced to carry out the raid because of a £200 debt to a dealer.
Retailers Chinderpal and Satnum Bhullar managed to restrain the robber but his accomplice, who also carried an axe, freed him. Chinderpal was injured in the struggle.
Four men and a 15-year-old youth from Liverpool have been arrested following an attempted raid on a Devon store. The gang targeted Mannamead Stores in Plymouth and tried to force the front door. A passing taxi driver raised the alarm and the group fled.
Two raiders are believed to have hidden inside a Co-op store in Gosforth, Newcastle, in order to target staff as they cashed up. The masked men, armed with a gun and a knife, forced staff to hand over the day's takings before escaping on motorbikes.