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Wanted man threatens female staff with bottle of “acid” near Chapel Market

'This was a terrifying incident for the victims which left them with significant financial loss'

11 July, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

A SUSPECTED robber threated to “pour acid” over a female shopkeep- er before he made off with cash from the till, writes Harry Norton.

The horrifying encounter unfolded in a supermarket in White Conduit Street, off Chapel Market in Angel, on July 2 at around 3pm.

Police have released an image of the man and are appealing for the public to get in contact if they recognise him.

The shopkeeper, who did not want to be identified, said: “I was in the small office doing the paperwork when suddenly a man stood with a small bottle in front of himself saying it was acid. He said if I did not give him the money he demanded he would pour the acid over me.”

The man is described as a black male aged in his early 30s, around 5ft 6ins with a short scruffy beard which was black and grey in colour.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a black cap with the word “PRIDE” written in different colours across the front of it and large, square sunglasses with black frames.

He was also wearing a large and baggy black jacket.

The shopkeeper added: “Obviously I was shocked and the next thing scared, very scared. We were standing face to face and he was only two steps away from me. There were no other customers in the shop at the time as it was quite quiet that day.”

The suspect left the shop on foot in the direction of Chapel Market. Detective Constable Rob Griffiths, leading the investigation, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the victim which left them with significant financial loss.

“We believe that the man walked in the direction of Chapel Market and we are urging anyone who may recognise him to come forward and help prevent others from becoming victims of crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 with CAD 2240/11JULY2019 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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