Shopkeepers “shocked” by armed raid

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SHOPKEEPERS have spoken of their shock after a terrifying armed raid at a Pocklington supermarket.

The robbery took place at the Co-operative store on Market Street at around 1.40pm on Thursday, 21 July,

Police were called to the incident at 1.51pm but by the time they arrived the thief had already fled the scene with an amount of money after threatening staff with a gun.

The police helicopter was scrambled and marked cars flooded the area as house-to-house enquiries got under way.

A CCTV image has been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with the robbery.

Florist Kirsty Grice-Venour, of Blooming Occasions on Market Street, said she was frightened by what happened.

She said: “It is shocking. You don’t expect that to happen somewhere around here. Especially not Co-op.

“I heard a siren and one of the builders came across and said there had been a robbery. I couldn’t believe it.

“I am here by myself. It is frightening.”

Another shopkeeper, who did want to be named, said: “You wouldn’t expect it. But anything is possible I suppose.

“I would have been shocked if it happened to me. It is not pleasant.”

Guy Scott, who runs Scotts Fishmongers on Market Street, thinks Pocklington is an easy target for criminals.

He said: “Maybe they think it is just easy pickings and it is. There’s not high security around here. We are a little town.

“It’s a bit of a blow. I just hope the girl who was serving is okay. Our thoughts go out to her.

“Unfortunately, there are idiots around these days.”

Co-operative has stated that additional security measures are being considered at the Market Street branch.

A spokesperson said: “At around 1.30pm on Thursday (21 July), our Market Street store in Pocklington was raided by a man with a firearm.

“He threatened two members of staff, before stealing cash from the till and safe. The members of staff were unharmed, but are very badly shaken. No customers were involved.

“We are currently reviewing security at the store, as we would following any incident such as this, and additional measures are being considered.”

Humberside Police have described the suspect as a white man in his late 30’s or early 40’s, approximately 6ft 2in tall and of medium build. He was wearing blue baggy trousers, a fleece jacket, black gloves and black walking boots.

Police want to speak to the driver of a black Transit-style van seen in the area at the time of the incident, as he may be able to help with enquiries.

Anyone with information can phone Humberside Police on 0845 6060222 quoting log 344 of 21 July 2011, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

* A man, aged 41, from Goole, has been arrested and released on police bail in connection with an alleged robbery in Pocklington on Thursday, 21 July.