Knife man strikes at Blackburn newsagents
8:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
A KNIFE-WIELDING thug burst into a town centre shop and demanded money from a worker.
The would-be thief, who had a black scarf hiding his face, held the weapon to the stomach of the woman behind the counter before grabbing at the till and fleeing the Blackburn newsagents empty-handed.
Mohammed Peeru, owner of GB News, in Darwen Street, said his wife Mehrunnisha had been looking after the store while he was at prayers.
He said she had been left ‘terrified’ by the ordeal.
Mr Peeru said: "The man came in with a knife.
";How long the knife was, she did not tell me because she was shaking.
"The man pointed the knife at her stomach and said 'give me all the money'
"In the argument, my wife did not give him any money, even though I have told her not to take any risks.
"The man who did this is a really nasty and horrible person."
Mr Peeru, 43, said that although his wife was unharmed in the attack, which happened at around 1pm yesterday, she had been left very frightened.
He added that this was not the first time the shop had been targeted.
He said: "I have owned the shop for one year.
"Once, when I was on holiday in India, the same thing happened to my wife.
"We now need proper action from the police."
The man was described as being aged between 23 and 28.
Police were yesterday speaking to witnesses and Mr Peeru said he hoped to be able to recover CCTV images to help with the investigation.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We got a call to a report that there had been an attempted robbery at GB News.
"A female shop assistant was threatened with a knife and the man tried to take the contents of the till before running away.
"I would appeal for anybody who saw anything to contact us."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.