Robber gets away with nothing thanks to worker

James Cocking
James Cocking
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A BRAVE shop assistant refused to hand over cash to a balaclava-clad robber with a metal bar – and ordered him to leave.

James Cocking was working at McColl’s newsagent in Market Rasen’s Queen Street on Sunday evening when a man came into the shop and demanded cash from the till.

The would-be robber swung his metal bar at James and smashed up two tills. But James – who injured his wrist in the attack – ordered the man to leave.

A customer, who had been in the shop, then chased the man down the street, but unfortunately he got away.

James said: “I was just serving people normally when he came into the shop, I didn’t realise at first.

“He swung the bar at me and I jumped back but got a bit of a cut and a bruise on my wrist.

“He smashed my till screen and broke it, demanded money and threw his bag at us. Then he smashed the other till screen but it didn’t break.

“I told him to get out and he eventually left. One of the customers chased after him but lost him.

“It was all very quick – when he realised he wasn’t going to get anything he left.”

James, who was due at work on Tuesday evening, said he had “reservations” about going back.

There were three staff members and the same number of customers in the shop when the attempted robbery happened at about 9.30pm. No-one else was injured.

The man was wearing gloves and dark clothing. Anyone who has any information should call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 426 of June 17.