‘He had a very big knife and he kept saying open the till’ – Shop worker foils armed robbery in York

Holgate Bridge newsagents on Holgate Road, York. Photograph © Google Street View

A shop worker has told how he confronted an armed raider who tried to rob his till at knifepoint.

The man defended himself against the knife-brandishing robber with just a stool.

The drama unfolded at the Holgate Bridge Store on Holgate Road at around 1.45pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).


A man entered the shop and demanded money from the till.

Speaking to Minster FM, the shop worker – who we aren’t naming – said:

  • I knew he had a very big knife and he kept saying open the till, open the till!

    I said I would, but I was worried he would harm me anyway – so I had to defend myself.

    So I took this stool behind the counter and I threw it at him. And he started running away.

The raider went to the door and then slashed the knife at the shop worker, cutting him on his left arm. He then fled empty-handed.

Police say he is believed to have made off from the scene on a black mountain bike down Watson Street towards York Station.

Can you help?

Police have issued this description of the perpetrator. He was:

  • white
  • in his 20s
  • of slim build
  • and 5ft 11ins tall.

He was wearing a dark grey hooded top with the hood up, blue jeans and a light-coloured snood neck scarf which he used to cover his lower face.


Police have been conducting extensive enquiries and the investigation remains ongoing today.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, saw a man matching the suspect’s description or has dashcam footage which could help the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
Quote reference number 12200016392