Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hero Assistant Struck Gunman

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hero Assistant Struck Gunman

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Byline: By Sonia Sharma

A terrified shop worker feared for his life after a robber threatened him with what looked like a double-barrelled shotgun.

Chris Lennox, 19, was in the Grainger Games store, at the Viking Shopping Centre, in Jarrow, when the raider burst in.

The youngster was putting away the takings at around 4.50pm on Thursday when the robber pulled out what appeared to be a double-barrelled gun covered in a plastic bag.

He jumped over the counter and demanded money and keys to the shop. His actions were caught on CCTV cameras.

Comments made by the suspect have led Grainger Games to believe he may have been involved in a similar robbery at their branch in Whitley Bay. However, police are not linking the incidents at this stage.

The robber pointed towards a poster in the Jarrow shop offering a reward to catch the Whitley Bay suspect.

He told Mr Lennox: "I know I'm wanted. You know what I have done before. I've been on the run for this."

He took petty cash and asked to be shown the CCTV equipment, but on realising staff had no access, demanded the shop's keys.

But Mr Lennox refused to hand them over and challenged the robber. The teenager punched the man and they wrestled before falling to the ground. The offender then grabbed as much cash as he could and ran off towards Jarrow Metro Station.

Mr Lennox said: "I was terrified and was shaking. I had what I thought was a gun pointing in my face.

"But when he asked for the keys, I just had an adrenalin rush and had a go at him. We fell on the floor and there was a scuffle during which he dropped the petty cash he was carrying. He then grabbed whatever he could before running off.

"It all happened very quickly, it was about six minutes in total. I got a cut to my cheek and a scratch on my neck. I have been very shocked by what happened and have been unable to sleep. …

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