A Norwich man has described the moment his life was threatened and a knife was pushed against his throat during a terrifying robbery at a Mile Cross shop.

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"He was a very big guy so I didn’t want to try and fight him. I wasn’t expecting it so it was scary but as soon as I called my boss and he called the police, the police were here in less than five minutes so I was very pleased they were so quick."

Burglary victim.

The 20-year-old was left severely shaken but unhurt following the armed robbery of Aylsham Road Convenience Store at about 12.40pm yesterday.

The man, who wished not to be named, said he had only worked at the shop since the start of the year and told the Evening News of his shock at the incident.

He said: “I was filling up the shelves when I heard a customer come in so I turned round and he had just took his scarf up over his face and I told him he needed to take off his scarf and that it was against the rules.

“But then he bent down, pulled up his trousers and pulled a knife out of his sock, came round the counter, pushed me up against the wall and held the knife up to my throat.

“He wanted money from the till and at first I told him that I couldn’t but he pushed the knife against my throat harder and said ‘do you want to lose your life?’.”

The shop worker then did as the robber had demanded and opened the till. The culprit then took all the notes and one-pound coins from the till, before swiping some tobacco on his way out.

The man added: “He was a very big guy so I didn’t want to try and fight him. I wasn’t expecting it so it was scary but as soon as I called my boss and he called the police, the police were here in less than five minutes so I was very pleased they were so quick.”

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area around the time of the robbery, or who has information about the suspect, to get in touch.

A police spokesman said: “The robber stole a quantity of cash from the till and cigarettes before fleeing the scene on a white mountain bike.

“The suspect is described as white, aged between 35 and 40, medium to stocky build, about 6ft tall with a shaved head.

“He was wearing a dark coloured hooded jacket with a North Face logo on the back shoulder, blue jeans with a tanned coloured patch on the rear and a red stripey belt.”

The robbery comes less than a month since the nearby Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, just two units away from the shop, had its cash machine ripped open.

On Wednesday, June 13, burglars smashed through the building society’s glass door at around 12.40am and stole money from the cash machine.

- Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Det Con Craig Brooke at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

- Have you got a crime story for the Evening News? Contact crime correspondent Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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