A masked thug held a knife to a shop assistant’s throat and forced her to open the till in a terrifying robbery at a Sheffield newsagent.
Elizabeth Hughes, aged 52, was left badly shaken by the attack at Birley Moor News on Birley Moor Road, Frecheville.
She was taken to hospital and only released several hours later.
The robber, whose face was covered by a black balaclava, stole around £600 in cash and coins, taking the till drawer with him - which was later recovered.
Shop owner Kassim Ahmed, 48, who has run the business for 24 years, said the ordeal had been ‘a real shock’.
“Elizabeth was really shaken and was taken to hospital with heart palpitations,” he said.
“But she came back to work a day later, which was amazing.
“She’s worked here for 15 years and the reaction from customers has been amazing - we’ve been showered with flowers and get well cards.
“The whole thing has been a real shock to our systems, and we just hope the guy is caught soon.”
The robbery happened on Saturday just before 3pm.
“The lad we think was responsible was seen loitering around the previous day,” Kassim said.
“On the Saturday he seems to have waited until there was no-one else in the shop before coming in and getting hold of Elizabeth - I was at the Rotherham and Sheffield United game.”
Police said the suspect ran off towards East Glade Place. He was around 6ft 3ins tall, in his early twenties and skinny, and wearing a black sweatshirt with a grey hood and grey shoulders, and black tracksuit bottoms.
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