SNSPSHOTS OF TERROR; EXCLUSIVE Manageress Relives Raid on Church Social Club

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SNSPSHOTS OF TERROR; EXCLUSIVE Manageress Relives Raid on Church Social Club


Byline: By LUKE TRAYNOR

THIS is the terrifying moment when gunmen stormed a church social club and threatened to shoot its elderly customers.

Three masked men were caught on CCTV as they raided Our Lady of Assumption in Childwall and confronted pensioners enjoying a night out.

Today, hero manageress Lynn Goulding, 54, told the ECHO how she had tried to fight off the gang as a gun was pointed around the lounge area and fired twice.

Mrs Goulding, who was punched in the face by one of the robbers, said: "It was the most horrific experience of my life and I can't believe I was inches from a man pointing a gun at me.

"I screamed at them to not hurt us and leave my staff alone. I'm still shaking when I think about it."

The gang lay in wait outside the social club in Hartsbourne Avenue at 1am on Tuesday as customers finished their last drinks.

One 83-year-old woman was pounced on as she left.

She was knocked to the floor, losing her shoes, and dragged back into the main room.

Around 10 people, including staff and customers, were told to sit down and put their hands behind their heads.

Two men, both brandishing guns, and a third man, all wearing balaclavas, screamed at staff: "Give us the cash."

Bundles of notes, amounting to pounds 970, were put into plastic bags and one of the gunmen fired a shot which hit a pile of cardboard boxes and then again at a glass casing on the wall. …

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