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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Knifepoint robbery at Carlisle shop

A knife-wielding robber threatened staff at a shop before fleeing with money from the till.

Carlisle Foreways shop photo
Foreways, Bedford Road

The raid happened at the Bedford Road Foreways store, off Dalston Road, Carlisle, last night – almost exactly two years after owner Billy Bone fought off a robber in a similar incident.

This time Mr Bone was not at the store when the attacker burst in at 8.30pm.

He told the News & Star there were two female staff on duty at the time, supported by security measures including CCTV and an alarm.

The robber, armed with some sort of kitchen knife, demanded they hand over cash. “He just came in and demanded money. They did as they were told and got rid of him. He got away with very little,” said Mr Bone.

Staff, who were not injured, were able to raise the alarm while the man was in the shop.

A suspect was arrested and the 38-year-old man, of no fixed address, is in police custody helping with inquiries.

Mr Bone said that although the shop staff were not hurt, it has affected them. “They were upset and shaken, which is to be expected. It’s two years since we had the scenario with the other guy. It’s a bit off-putting for the girls,” he added.

In January 2012, Mr Bone, then 63, was in the shop when a masked robber – who turned out to be convicted killer James Howard – burst in, wielding a metal bar and a piece of knife-sharpening steel, demanding cash. He was later arrested and jailed.

Anyone with information about the latest incident can call Cumbria police on 101. Ask to speak to the duty sergeant at Carlisle CID.

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