Brave Diane defies chippy gunman’s cash demands

Diane Rowles
Diane Rowles

Another victim of the attempted armed robbery at Mick’s Caistor Chippy has spoken out about her experience.

Diane Rowles was working on the till at the Market Place fish and chip shop when a gunman came in and demanded cash.

Like Sue Parker, who spoke to the Rasen Mail last week, Diane remained entirely calm - and did not once think about handing over any cash.

Diane said: “I was on the till and this fella appeared at the door.

“He stood there for a couple of seconds then came forward and I realised then he had a gun pointing at me.

“I thought ‘is this for real?’, then I pressed a button on the till and stood there trying to explain I couldn’t get in the till.”

Sue ordered the gunman to leave and he backed out of the shop.

Diane said: “I was quite calm - I surprised myself.

“I was just adamant I wasn’t going to let him have the money.

“I’d have felt bad if I handed over money that wasn’t mine.

“And I was fine afterwards, I wasn’t shaken at all.”

The incident happened at about 8.05pm on Friday, December 13.

The offender is described as a white male, aged late 20s to mid 30s, 5ft 7” to 5ft 10” tall and slim to medium build.

He was clean shaven with no noticeable accent and wore a green or brown hooded top with the drawstring pulled tight so only his face was visible.

The gun, believed to be an air rifle, was partially wrapped in what may have been a wax jacket or dark coat.

If you have any information call Dt Sgt Dave Harrop or Dt Con Jim Wilson on 101 and quote incident 474 of December 13. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.