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Reward offered after knife wielding robber targets Great Yarmouth Asda staff

14:04 23 November 2012

The Asda store in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

The Asda store in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

A PAIR of Asda staff were left shaken after being confronted by a knife wielding robber.

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The man and woman, aged in their 20s, were walking across the car park of the Great Yarmouth store towards the entrance when they were approached by a single, white male wearing a hooded top and carrying a knife.

The robber, aged in his 30s, threatened the male member of staff and grabbed two Asda shopping bags the pair were carrying, filled with items including clothes, and ran off across the garage forecourt towards the footbridge near the train station.

Two members of the public recovered one of the bags and its contents and took it to the store where it was returned to its owner.

Neither of the victims were hurt during the incident but were left shocked and “greatly distressed” by what happened.

Crimestoppers is now appealing for information about the robbery, which happened at around 9.50pm on Monday, November 5, and is offering a reward of up to £1,000 to members of the public who can help.

The charity is stumping up the four-figure reward for information leading to the arrest and charge of the individual responsible.

Ann Scott, eastern regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: “These two people were going about their business quietly having finished work when they were confronted with someone holding a knife. This ordeal must have been extremely distressing for the pair.

“You have nothing to fear by coming forward to Crimestoppers with any information you may have. We do not ask for your name and no call is traced or recorded. You won’t have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are.

“In the 24 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our anonymity promise.”

● Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Only information given via the charity’s phone line that leads to an arrest and charge is eligible for the reward. Information can be given online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org but information will not be eligible for a reward this way.

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7 comments

  • In no way condoning knife crime or robbery there are some very poor and desperate looking people in Yarmouth. I regard it as being very irresponsible of whoever is encouraging people to move here or failing to stem the flow of people into the town when there is little or no hope of them getting year round employment , especially if they have no skills. The agencies and employers in Norfolk who have " imported" workers or lured people to the area with promises of work and then left them high and dry when the work dries up should be held accountable for the cost to Yarmouth council tax payers of coping with the social problems. I am surprised by the rapid changes to the demography of the town at the moment and still suspect that an external agency is responsible for the relocation of some of the new residents.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I had the misfortune to work there for a bit when I first left life with the R.N. We loved stopping shoplifters and scum like this above,a bit of rough measure thrown in too.But then I stopped a bloke in the foyer of the shop after following him around earlier.He had two bottles of champagne up his puffer jacket and couldnt do anything apart from give up,until the newly promoted security manageressstagnation manager told me to let the scrote go incase he 'troubled' us anymore. With an attitude like this towards shoplifters,ASDA deserve everything they get after demeaning me infront of lots of paying,decent people by CB.

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    wes1975

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Any descriptions? Black,white,pink? Definately scum no matter the colour.

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    wes1975

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • There are some very desperate people about and I have no doubt whatsoever that crime is on the rise.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Maybe it would be a bit safer if they actually put the car park lights on at night. Went there the other night and all the lights in the main car park were switched off but the filling station which was closed apart from the two "pay at pump" machine was brightly lit by no less than 15 street lights !!!!!!

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    Katman

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Robbery with a blade. five years inside with no early release

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    nrg

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • There are some very desperate people about and I have no doubt whatsoever that crime is on the rise.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, November 23, 2012

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