Cashier left traumatised after meat cleaver threat
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing after a female assistant in a North Cornwall shop was left "extremely shocked" after being threatened on Wednesday by a man carrying a meat cleaver and a knife.
Police have issued pictures from a street camera and are carrying out inquiries following the robbery at the Candy Shop, a sweet shop and newsagents, in Belle Vue, Bude.
A man armed with a knife and a meat cleaver carried out the "horrendous" attack at the Candy Shop in Bude and made his escape.
The robber threatened the middle-aged female cashier at around 2pm and stole the contents of the till, believed to be about £1,000.
Acting Detective Inspector Sharon Donald said: "The offender, a white man, entered the shop armed with weapons described as a knife and a meat cleaver and threatened the cashier before stealing the contents of the till. He told her to hand over the cash. She did the right thing by handing over the cash, it was very frightening for her.
"There was no one else in the shop at the time."
Bill Williams, who was manning the store on Thursday said the attack had shaken people in the town.
He said: "It was very scary . and for us it was a lot of money."
Mr Williams said the woman had worked at the shop for many years and he had finished his shift and handed over to her just an hour before the robbery.
He said: "He came in when she was behind the counter on her own, went straight behind the till holding the knife in his hand."
"The robber told the woman, 'Open the till and you won't get hurt'."
He then put his hand in the till and took out the money.
"He just shoved the meat cleaver in her face and demanded the money. She is traumatised and very upset. It's a horrendous thing to happen."
He said it was the first crime of this kind he had heard of in Bude and the community was in shock. "She didn't sleep last night but she is getting a lot of support from the police and the public."
The offender is described as being in his twenties or thirties, 5ft 8in tall, of slim build with dark hair, a thin face and clean shaven. He was wearing a black puffa jacket, slim-cut light-coloured trousers and dark leather footwear.
Anybody with information is asked to contact 101.