OAP left distressed after armed robbery in Sheffield

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Police are hunting two robbers who threatened a 71-year-old man with a knife during a terrifying shop raid in Sheffield.

They struck at the Most Things newsagents and convenience store on Meadow Head Avenue, Greenhill, as a 71-year-old man was looking after the shop while the owner was buying supplies.

Police said two men entered the shop and threatened the OAP with a knife before stealing cash and cigarettes.

They said the pensioner was unharmed but left ‘extremely distressed’ after his ordeal.

Mark Gawthorpe, who has owned the shop for 12 years, said he was saddened at the raid.

Robbers struck after he asked a friend to look after his business while he bought supplies.

“I asked a good friend to stand in for me in the shop while I went to the wholesalers and he was just a couple of minutes away from closing up when the robbers struck,” he said.

“He rang me to say he had been robbed at knifepoint and I was shocked.

“It is a sad state of affairs isn’t it that people would do this in broad daylight and threaten an elderly man.

“I have never had anything like this happen before but it seems like it is just the way of the world these days. I can’t understand it, it’s awful.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a convenience store.

“At approximately 12.55pm on Monday, two men entered the store on Meadow Head Avenue. They threatened the 71-year-old shopkeeper with a knife before stealing cash and cigarettes. The two men then fled the scene.”

DC Ben Taylor investigating added: “Fortunately the victim was not injured however he is extremely distressed. I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or who has any information to please come forward.”

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.