High-octane courage of raid hero Ross

PUBLISHED: 14:13 24 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

A YOUNG man has old of his ordeal after he was threatened with a handgun during a raid at his workplace.

A YOUNG man told of his ordeal today after he was threatened with a handgun during a raid at his workplace.

Ross Huntington bravely returned to work the next day after the robbery at Capelgate Services petrol station on the northbound carriageway of the A12 at Capel St Mary.

The 20-year-old was behind the counter of the Jet garage at 8.30pm on Sunday when a man wearing a dark baseball cap and dark sunglasses entered the garage shop and demanded cash.

He pointed the weapon – thought to be an imitation handgun – at Ross who tried to push the gun away.

Ross, who was back at work within 24 hours of the raid, said: "It really was unreal. I still can't believe it now."

Recalling the events Ross said the offender, aged between 20 and 25 years, walked towards the counter when he stopped to look through the small change in his pocket.

He asked how much further it was to Ipswich before ordering Ross to open the till.

"He produced this gun – immediately when I saw it I didn't think it was real," said Ross who luckily wasn't injured in the raid.

"I grabbed hold of it and pushed it away. He pulled my wrist and pushed me back and asked me to open the till. He climbed over onto the shelf and leaned over and took a few notes.

"I wasn't really frightened. Just shocked. I didn't really believe it," said Ross, who has declined an offer of counselling after the event. "It is always in the back of your mind that something like this can happen. But things can happen anywhere.

"For example, after an accident in town someone was run over in an argument. Things like this do happen. But we haven't had anything like this here before."

Ross, who has worked there two years in October, acted quickly after the incident.

He put signs out to stop more customers coming in and contacted the police, before telephoning his manager.

The offender is described as white, 5 ft 8 ins tall, muscular and well built. It was thought he had a local accent. He was wearing dark trousers and a light jacket. About £85 was stolen in the raid.

He was driving a Red Vauxhall Astra Merit, registration number E581 VGB, which was reportedly stolen from Priory Street Car Park in Colchester earlier that evening.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Stan Nicholls, said: "This is a serious crime which left the male attendant in a state of shock."

Ross's boss, manager Steven Barnard, 23, praised Ross for his bravery and said: "I am quite proud of him. He acted just as he should and is one of our better staff."

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident area asked to contact Sudbury CID on 01284 774300, or ring Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555111.

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