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WATCH: ‘Take that’ the brave shopworker who fought back at Peterborough robber

When robber left the shop, the victim defended herself with her shoe, trying to hit him.

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Dramatic CCTV images of the moment a shop worker defended herself after being robbed has been released by Cambridgeshire police. The robber who faked injury and attacked the shopworker with a crutch got more than he bargained for when the woman defended herself outside the store and hit him with her shoe.

Liam Tristram, 35, entered the shop in St Johns Street, Peterborough, at about 9am on 30 June.

He was pretending to be injured by using the crutch to increase the element of surprise.

He asked for a pack of tobacco and, with the shopworker’s back turned, he went behind the counter and hit her several times with the crutch, causing her to fall over.

Tristram then stole an estimated £450 worth of tobacco and two bottles of spirits, before making an unsuccessful attempt to steal the till.

He left the shop, leaving the crutch behind. The victim fled the shop and when Tristram exited, the victim defended herself with her shoe, trying to hit him.

Liam Tristram faked injury and attacked the shopworker with a crutch: he has received a lengthy jail sentence. IMAGE: Cambs Police


Liam Tristram faked injury and attacked the shopworker with a crutch: he has received a lengthy jail sentence. IMAGE: Cambs Police

Tristram demanded a further pack of tobacco from the victim and then re-entered the shop and stole a bottle of coke, before getting on a bike and cycling off.

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Tristram was identified from footage captured at the scene and spotted by CCTV operators the following day.

Police were notified and he was arrested in City Road. He had an empty bottle of vodka and a pouch of tobacco believed to have been stolen in the robbery.

He denied robbery but was found guilty following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court in January.

On Thursday (15 February), at the same court, Tristram, of London Road, Yaxley, was jailed for six years.

DC Pete Wise said: “We take retail crime and attacks like this on shopworkers very seriously.

“I’d like to commend the victim for her bravery in defending herself against Tristram during this traumatic incident. I’m pleased he was identified and has now faced justice.”

 

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