A shopkeeper has spoken of the terrifying moment he fought off a masked raider who was threatening him with a two-and-a-half foot bladed weapon.
Malkitl Singh, who owns Park Store in Alexandra Road in Ashington, was working in the shop at 7.30pm on Monday night when a man wearing a clown mask came in demanding money.
“I was filling up the fridge, and looked up and saw a lad come in with a scary clown mask on,” said Mr Singh.
“I looked twice and he had a big knife, it was two-and-a-half foot long.
“He was waving this knife in my face and shouting ‘give me all the takings’ and I started fighting with him.
“We were fighting and he pushed me and I fell down.
“I was very scared as he was coming at me with such a big knife, and I didn’t want to die, I was just trying to defend myself.
“I was so frightened to be face to face with him.
“I was shaking, I was very angry.
“I was trying to protect my head and my heart as I thought if he stabbed me anywhere else it wouldn’t be so bad.
“I thought he was going to stab me, I was very very frightened.”
After the struggle, the intruder fled the shop empty handed and went into Hirst Park.
Detective Sergeant Tracey Moore, from Northumbria Police’s major crime team, said: “Thankfully the shopkeeper wasn’t injured as a result of this incident but he was obviously left very shaken.
“Investigations are ongoing and I’d urge anyone with information to come forward.
“If anyone was in the area at the time of the attempted robbery or spotted any suspicious activity they should contact us.
“We’d also like to talk to anyone who saw a man with his face covered making his way to or from the store.
“Officers are patrolling the area to offer reassurance to residents. I’d ask anyone with concerns to speak to them.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1139 10/03/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.