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Saturday, 07 March 2015

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Female shop assistant stood up to armed robber

A FEMALE shop assistant has been officially recognised for her bravery in standing up to an armed robber who raided the village post office where she worked.

Trauma: CCTV shows robber Matthew Scott

The woman – who prefers not to be named – was presented with £250 and a signed certificate by Cumbria’s High Sheriff Juliet Westoll at a ceremony at Carlisle Crown Court. She had been nominated by Judge Paul Batty QC, the Honorary Recorder of Carlisle, who in October sent the robber and his accomplice to prison for six years.

The judge said he was “immensely impressed” by the woman’s presence of mind in locking the raider out of the part of the shop where the post office money was held.

“She behaved extremely bravely,” he said.

The court heard Matthew Scott, 25, and Kye Halliburton, 21, “traumatised” the village of Wetheral, near Carlisle, with an “outrageous” robbery which sent shockwaves across rural Cumbria.

They picked the village shop because they thought it would be a soft target.

The woman was working alone there on June 29 when Halliburton came in and bought a pint of milk.

She immediately felt uneasy and, when he left, closed a security door between the rear of the counter, where she was, and the rest of the shop.

“She had a gut instinct that something was not right,” the court was told.

Moments later, Scott entered the shop, wearing a hat and gloves even though it was midsummer.

He acted as if to buy a drink and sweets but when the woman opened the till he drew a large kitchen knife and pointed it at her.

She backed off, fearing for her life, and he grabbed between £700 and £800 from the till before calmly walking out to the car which Halliburton had turned around for a quick getaway.

Scott, a former soldier of Ellesmere Way, Morton, Carlisle, and Halliburton, of Harker Park Road, Harker Park, Carlisle, both pleaded guilty to robbery.


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