Assistant sees off raider

A BRAVE Ipswich service station assistant today told how he challenged an armed raider.Michael Davis was working at the Shell garage in Wherstead Road yesterday evening when a gunman entered the shop and demanded cash.

A BRAVE Ipswich service station assistant today told how he challenged an armed raider.

Michael Davis was working at the Shell garage in Wherstead Road yesterday evening when a gunman entered the shop and demanded cash.

Mr Davis said: "He came in and pulled out a bag and said to put all the cash in the bag.

"I turned round to him and said he was stupid and that there were customers outside.


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"I looked at him and looked at the gun. Then I said that's not real. He wasn't a very good robber."

The man then swore at the 20-year-old before fleeing empty handed.

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Today Mr Davis admitted that his actions could have been dangerous and he was slightly shaken by the incident.

He added: "I was shocked and surprised but I didn't really have time to be scared. Afterwards I was a bit shaken but I feel ok now."

The incident happened at about 6.45pm yesterday yet Mr Davis had returned to work at 7am today.

His boss, Angela Wheeler said: "I think he was very brave. There were two customers in the shop and they stayed to give statements, a woman said he'd done very well and was very calm.

"This isn't what I tell my staff to do. They learn not to make eye contact or talk to the person and to do everything they say but like everything else you don't know what you will do until it happens."

This is the second time the shop has been raided in three years that the shop has been raided. Previously an armed robber made off with £100 in cash, he has caught and jailed.

Police have CCTV footage of yesterday's incident and are currently appealing for witnesses.

The raider is described as white, 5ft 9in tall and of medium/stocky build. He was about 30-years-old with dark brown or black curly hair.

He was wearing a Puffa style thigh length jacket, dark trousers and white trainers. When he entered the shop he was also wearing a balaclava.

Ipswich police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them on 01473 613500.

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