More details emerge on Co-op raid knifeman

Police yesterday released further details of a raid on a village store in a bid to track down the knife-wielding robber.

Police yesterday released further details of a raid on a village store in a bid to track down the knife-wielding robber.

The man, wearing a dark woolly hat and carrying a large knife, struck at the Co-op Welcome store in Lynemouth, Northumberland, just before 8.20am on Good Friday.

He grabbed a female counter assistant around the neck, threatened her with the knife and demanded cash.

Originally, Northumbria Police said the raider had fled empty handed, but yesterday it was revealed that he had forced the till and stolen cash before making off in a stolen car.

The black Honda Civic, which had been stolen from the village's Neville Square, is believed to have been parked outside the store for about 40 minutes before the robbery. It was found in Oakland Terrace.

The shop assistant was badly shocked but unhurt.

Police say the man they are seeking is white, aged between 20 and 25, about 5ft 3ins tall, of chunky build and with a fleshy face and pale complexion. He was wearing an Adidas jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ashington CID on (01661) 861649.

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