Victim of knife-point robbery at Fakenham social club ‘feared for her life’

12:00 07 February 2013

The Press Club in Fakenham

The Press Club in Fakenham

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A pensioner who was threatened with a knife at the social club she has helped run for two decades has spoken about the moment she feared for her life.

Efit image of a man police want to talk to following a robbery at The Press Club in Fakenham on Sunday February 3, 2013Efit image of a man police want to talk to following a robbery at The Press Club in Fakenham on Sunday February 3, 2013

The 69-year-old widow, who asked not to be named, twice refused to open the safe at The Press Club, Fakenham, despite being punched in the face.

She only relented when her attacker jabbed her in the cheek with a blade.

Police have called on the community to rally around one of their own to help to identify the robber, who made off with hundreds of pounds meant for the British Heart Foundation.

The victim was alone at the Oak Street venue when she answered a knock at the door at about 9.30am on Sunday and a man told her “I want your money”. She said she opened the till because she knew there was not much in it, but he then noticed the safe behind the bar.

The Press Club in FakenhamThe Press Club in Fakenham

She added: “He asked me to open the safe. We never have a lot of money but I had money in there to pay the brewery, and charity money.

“I just said ‘no’. I think he got a bit annoyed. He punched me in the eye and he nearly knocked my head off, I felt at the time.”

The woman said she still refused to open the safe, but added: “He then picked up a knife that was on the side that I had been using to cut up lemons with, and pushed it in my face, so I thought I had better now.

“I thought he might cut my throat. I was a bit frightened after that and I went to the corner and put my head in my hands.

“I thought he was going to murder me but then I realised he had gone.”

She suffered a black eye, dizziness and scratches on her cheek, and is taking painkillers. She was previously threatened with a knife and knocked unconscious by two “young lads with hoodies” at the club in November 2011.

DC Steve Hunt said: “For someone who has done nothing wrong all their life and been a cornerstone of the local community to be attacked in this way, it would be nice if the community rallied around to put the feelers out and pass any information on to the police.”

Police released an image of a man they want to question. He is described as in his 40s, thinnish and wearing a black woolly hat, black leather jacket and black leather gloves.

Contact DC Hunt on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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