Female staff member in shock after being threatened with meat cleaver in attempted robbery at West Howe store

Hunt for man after attempted robbery at West Howe store

Hunt for man after attempted robbery at West Howe store

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A TERRIFIED shop worker is in shock after being threatened with a meat cleaver by a would-be robber.

The brave employee refused to hand over any cash despite being threatened with the potentially lethal weapon.

She stood up to the intruder despite fears for her own safety and was rescued from the frightening situation when her manager saw what was going on and chased the raider out of the Bournemouth shop.

The drama unfolded at Central Stores in Cunningham Crescent, West Howe just before 3pm yesterday and now officers are hunting the man, who attempted to rob the shop.

Tony Stark, Director of the chain of Central Stores, said: “He went in to the shop wearing a hoodie and a beanie and attempted to get some cash from the till by threatening a young lady with a meat cleaver.

“She refused to give him any money which was brave but not necessarily something we would advocate. The manager was in a back office and saw what was going on on the CCTV system so he ran out and chased him off.”

Police have described the suspect as white, possibly with suntanned skin, and aged around 20-25. He is more than 6ft tall and stocky and was wearing a navy hoodie and dark tracksuit trousers.

A Dorset Police spokeswoman added: “The suspect ran from the store towards Cunningham Place. This was a frightening experience for staff and members of public who were in the store at the time. We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the male before or after the incident to contact police.”

The shopping parade is in a residential area near a library and medical centre, and the incident happened just as parents were collecting their children from nearby schools.

Kinson South ward councillor Ben Grower said: “Obviously I'm concerned when these things happen in the ward and I do hope they are isolated. I've got every confidence that the police will be able to find out who is responsible.”

Fellow councillor Roger Marley said: “There's so much good going on that it's a shame when an incident like this happens. West Howe has got so many great things going for it.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

In a separate incident, police are also hunting a knife-wielding raider who attempted to rob the Co-op store in Bearwood

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8:00pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-) Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -16

9:29pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Dorsetlass14 says...

I have lived in West Howe for 10 years next month and up until now have found it a friendly place to live as the previous post suggests. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the area, The local Children's Centre, that offer some amazing activities and support for families and their under fives, has been constantly vandalised for the past few months. I went to the local shop today only to find it was shut because the shop assistant had been threatened with a large weapon and money was stolen from the till. I get home and 4 youths/young adults are smoking pot in the alcove below my flat, when I politely ask them to move I get verbal abuse and the flower garden I planted to brighten the place up for all the residents had some of the flower-heads picked off and thrown across the path. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and West Howe can go back to being a safe and friendly place to live but I can't help thinking that this is the sign of things to come.
I have lived in West Howe for 10 years next month and up until now have found it a friendly place to live as the previous post suggests. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the area, The local Children's Centre, that offer some amazing activities and support for families and their under fives, has been constantly vandalised for the past few months. I went to the local shop today only to find it was shut because the shop assistant had been threatened with a large weapon and money was stolen from the till. I get home and 4 youths/young adults are smoking pot in the alcove below my flat, when I politely ask them to move I get verbal abuse and the flower garden I planted to brighten the place up for all the residents had some of the flower-heads picked off and thrown across the path. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and West Howe can go back to being a safe and friendly place to live but I can't help thinking that this is the sign of things to come. Dorsetlass14
  • Score: 36

4:19am Tue 29 Apr 14

ben1982 says...

Feel sick at those who'd rob ordinary folk for cash, flat-screens, etc. Sorry to go on about MPs expenses. Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up !!!
Feel sick at those who'd rob ordinary folk for cash, flat-screens, etc. Sorry to go on about MPs expenses. Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up !!! ben1982
  • Score: 13

7:55am Tue 29 Apr 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Perhaps if the Police got out of their cars once in a while and had the kind of relationship with the community that the retired PC Alan Berry had then this estates rise in crime would slow down. Only by working together will reduce crime in areas such as this.
Perhaps if the Police got out of their cars once in a while and had the kind of relationship with the community that the retired PC Alan Berry had then this estates rise in crime would slow down. Only by working together will reduce crime in areas such as this. itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 35

8:18am Tue 29 Apr 14

steve518 says...

Probably won't have to look too far for the culprit.
Probably won't have to look too far for the culprit. steve518
  • Score: 23

8:41am Tue 29 Apr 14

natasha1989 says...

This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...
This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft... natasha1989
  • Score: -24

8:59am Tue 29 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

natasha1989 wrote:
This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...
Oh thats right, its always someone else's fault.
[quote][p][bold]natasha1989[/bold] wrote: This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...[/p][/quote]Oh thats right, its always someone else's fault. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 22

9:01am Tue 29 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Police could not say what kind of weapon was involved. Why?
A Banana in the pocket?
Police could not say what kind of weapon was involved. Why? A Banana in the pocket? BIGTONE
  • Score: -5

9:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

steve518 says...

natasha1989 wrote:
This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...
To obtain money, I carry out a practice that may sound strange to some people, I call it having a job!!!!
[quote][p][bold]natasha1989[/bold] wrote: This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...[/p][/quote]To obtain money, I carry out a practice that may sound strange to some people, I call it having a job!!!! steve518
  • Score: 35

9:33am Tue 29 Apr 14

kangaroo_joey says...

natasha1989 wrote:
This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...
There is no excuse for someone trying to rob a shop with a meat cleaver or any weapon. Why should they take a little of the rich but not a little from the poor, so because people work hard and are successful they should be penalised for that should they? I hate the government and all things that go with it, but to blame them for something like this is very naive
[quote][p][bold]natasha1989[/bold] wrote: This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...[/p][/quote]There is no excuse for someone trying to rob a shop with a meat cleaver or any weapon. Why should they take a little of the rich but not a little from the poor, so because people work hard and are successful they should be penalised for that should they? I hate the government and all things that go with it, but to blame them for something like this is very naive kangaroo_joey
  • Score: 18

9:55am Tue 29 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Police could not say what kind of weapon was involved. Why?
A Banana in the pocket?
Ahhhhhh the update cometh......la meat cleaver.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Police could not say what kind of weapon was involved. Why? A Banana in the pocket?[/p][/quote]Ahhhhhh the update cometh......la meat cleaver. BIGTONE
  • Score: 5

11:39am Tue 29 Apr 14

abc100 says...

natasha1989 wrote:
This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...
Oh dear
[quote][p][bold]natasha1989[/bold] wrote: This is what governments have reduced people to having little or no money to survive they are acting I outrageous ways to get that money,, these crimes will continue to happen and most likely only get worse until our great government stop screwing people over take a little from the rich they will still be rich take a little for the poor and they will have nothing and will have to find other means to get that money unfortunately some will use ways of violence and theft...[/p][/quote]Oh dear abc100
  • Score: 4

11:44am Tue 29 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

a banana for a brain you know
a banana for a brain you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

1:31pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Perhaps if the Police got out of their cars once in a while and had the kind of relationship with the community that the retired PC Alan Berry had then this estates rise in crime would slow down. Only by working together will reduce crime in areas such as this.
So very true,thats all it needs,CO-OPERATION.
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the Police got out of their cars once in a while and had the kind of relationship with the community that the retired PC Alan Berry had then this estates rise in crime would slow down. Only by working together will reduce crime in areas such as this.[/p][/quote]So very true,thats all it needs,CO-OPERATION. pete woodley
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Tue 29 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

nickynoodah wrote:
a banana for a brain you know
Yes, we worked that out from all your other posts!
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: a banana for a brain you know[/p][/quote]Yes, we worked that out from all your other posts! speedy231278
  • Score: 5

3:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself. TheDistrict
  • Score: -3

4:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Mike R-B says...

Dorsetlass14 wrote:
I have lived in West Howe for 10 years next month and up until now have found it a friendly place to live as the previous post suggests. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the area, The local Children's Centre, that offer some amazing activities and support for families and their under fives, has been constantly vandalised for the past few months. I went to the local shop today only to find it was shut because the shop assistant had been threatened with a large weapon and money was stolen from the till. I get home and 4 youths/young adults are smoking pot in the alcove below my flat, when I politely ask them to move I get verbal abuse and the flower garden I planted to brighten the place up for all the residents had some of the flower-heads picked off and thrown across the path. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and West Howe can go back to being a safe and friendly place to live but I can't help thinking that this is the sign of things to come.
I am afraid lass, I may be mistaken but you may have missed this chaps sarcasm.
[quote][p][bold]Dorsetlass14[/bold] wrote: I have lived in West Howe for 10 years next month and up until now have found it a friendly place to live as the previous post suggests. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the area, The local Children's Centre, that offer some amazing activities and support for families and their under fives, has been constantly vandalised for the past few months. I went to the local shop today only to find it was shut because the shop assistant had been threatened with a large weapon and money was stolen from the till. I get home and 4 youths/young adults are smoking pot in the alcove below my flat, when I politely ask them to move I get verbal abuse and the flower garden I planted to brighten the place up for all the residents had some of the flower-heads picked off and thrown across the path. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and West Howe can go back to being a safe and friendly place to live but I can't help thinking that this is the sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]I am afraid lass, I may be mistaken but you may have missed this chaps sarcasm. Mike R-B
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.
Pipe down chompy chops.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.[/p][/quote]Pipe down chompy chops. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -3

5:16pm Tue 29 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

speedy231278 wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
a banana for a brain you know
Yes, we worked that out from all your other posts!
Careful.......nobdah will grass you up on the report button.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: a banana for a brain you know[/p][/quote]Yes, we worked that out from all your other posts![/p][/quote]Careful.......nobdah will grass you up on the report button. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kinsonjim says...

Looks like one double six one might be returning to their chavvy roots at last.
Looks like one double six one might be returning to their chavvy roots at last. kinsonjim
  • Score: -1

7:24pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kinsonjim says...

Looks like one double six one are returning to their roots, good.
Looks like one double six one are returning to their roots, good. kinsonjim
  • Score: -1

8:01pm Tue 29 Apr 14

DemonDiva says...

kinsonjim wrote:
Looks like one double six one are returning to their roots, good.
Oooo are we having a coded message game??
[quote][p][bold]kinsonjim[/bold] wrote: Looks like one double six one are returning to their roots, good.[/p][/quote]Oooo are we having a coded message game?? DemonDiva
  • Score: 0

8:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Scroll down and see where the cops are .cashing on a few working folk hurrying home to protect their family from the vermin that prowl amongst the acceptable criminality of what was once decent dormitory estate.it is police that are their to protect the innocent .
Scroll down and see where the cops are .cashing on a few working folk hurrying home to protect their family from the vermin that prowl amongst the acceptable criminality of what was once decent dormitory estate.it is police that are their to protect the innocent . kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
How would you know ?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]How would you know ? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
How would you know ?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]How would you know ? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
How would you know ?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]How would you know ? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

8:51pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
Durex specialize in head gear for you ,
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]Durex specialize in head gear for you , kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

9:56pm Tue 29 Apr 14

stevobath says...

nickynoodah wrote:
a banana for a brain you know
Sad.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: a banana for a brain you know[/p][/quote]Sad. stevobath
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

cheeriedriteup says...

speedy231278 wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
a banana for a brain you know
Yes, we worked that out from all your other posts!
Quality answer,
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: a banana for a brain you know[/p][/quote]Yes, we worked that out from all your other posts![/p][/quote]Quality answer, cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 1

11:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
How would you know ?
Just one of your pointless posts is enough without tripling the effluent.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]How would you know ?[/p][/quote]Just one of your pointless posts is enough without tripling the effluent. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

11:57pm Tue 29 Apr 14

s-pb2 says...

Well done to the shop assistant and the major and standing up to this coward. But they had good support as the director of the stores is none other than Iron Man !
Well done to the shop assistant and the major and standing up to this coward. But they had good support as the director of the stores is none other than Iron Man ! s-pb2
  • Score: 5

11:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

s-pb2 says...

s-pb2 wrote:
Well done to the shop assistant and the major and standing up to this coward. But they had good support as the director of the stores is none other than Iron Man !
Its late! I meant manager rather than major !
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: Well done to the shop assistant and the major and standing up to this coward. But they had good support as the director of the stores is none other than Iron Man ![/p][/quote]Its late! I meant manager rather than major ! s-pb2
  • Score: 0

12:47am Wed 30 Apr 14

keith milton says...

the local area's and tough guys with weapons,

a message to the local brainwashed scum,

instead of robbing and injuring people that are in the same boat as you,trying to make a living,

why not focus your anger and rage at the corrupt,evil,paedoph
iles in westminster,these are the pieces of filth that are destroying your lives.
the local area's and tough guys with weapons, a message to the local brainwashed scum, instead of robbing and injuring people that are in the same boat as you,trying to make a living, why not focus your anger and rage at the corrupt,evil,paedoph iles in westminster,these are the pieces of filth that are destroying your lives. keith milton
  • Score: 1

10:03am Wed 30 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
TheDistrict wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.
Pipe down chompy chops.
An even more pathetic return comment.............
..... :-)
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.[/p][/quote]Pipe down chompy chops.[/p][/quote]An even more pathetic return comment............. ..... :-) TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

6:26pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
TheDistrict wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)
You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.
Pipe down chompy chops.
An even more pathetic return comment.............

..... :-)
So was that.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: West Howe ? It's normally such a gentle welcoming place :-)[/p][/quote]You pathetic man. You obviously know nothing about the area at all. Keep your daily bundane comments to yourself.[/p][/quote]Pipe down chompy chops.[/p][/quote]An even more pathetic return comment............. ..... :-)[/p][/quote]So was that. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -2

9:40pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Dorsetlass14 says...

Mike R-B wrote:
Dorsetlass14 wrote:
I have lived in West Howe for 10 years next month and up until now have found it a friendly place to live as the previous post suggests. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the area, The local Children's Centre, that offer some amazing activities and support for families and their under fives, has been constantly vandalised for the past few months. I went to the local shop today only to find it was shut because the shop assistant had been threatened with a large weapon and money was stolen from the till. I get home and 4 youths/young adults are smoking pot in the alcove below my flat, when I politely ask them to move I get verbal abuse and the flower garden I planted to brighten the place up for all the residents had some of the flower-heads picked off and thrown across the path. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and West Howe can go back to being a safe and friendly place to live but I can't help thinking that this is the sign of things to come.
I am afraid lass, I may be mistaken but you may have missed this chaps sarcasm.
I'm so gullible!
[quote][p][bold]Mike R-B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dorsetlass14[/bold] wrote: I have lived in West Howe for 10 years next month and up until now have found it a friendly place to live as the previous post suggests. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the area, The local Children's Centre, that offer some amazing activities and support for families and their under fives, has been constantly vandalised for the past few months. I went to the local shop today only to find it was shut because the shop assistant had been threatened with a large weapon and money was stolen from the till. I get home and 4 youths/young adults are smoking pot in the alcove below my flat, when I politely ask them to move I get verbal abuse and the flower garden I planted to brighten the place up for all the residents had some of the flower-heads picked off and thrown across the path. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and West Howe can go back to being a safe and friendly place to live but I can't help thinking that this is the sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]I am afraid lass, I may be mistaken but you may have missed this chaps sarcasm.[/p][/quote]I'm so gullible! Dorsetlass14
  • Score: -1

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