Dramatic pictures show the moment a teenager held a York shop worker at knifepoint

Holding a knife, Wade Kershaw grabs the shop assistant in BNT Stores, York
26 Oct 2020 @ 2.40 pm
| Crime

This was the terrifying moment a teenage knifeman terrorised a York shop worker.

Caught on the store’s CCTV system, Wade Kershaw is seen grabbing the assistant’s arm while threatening them with a knife – before jumping on to the counter to grab an item from behind the till.

Kershaw was today (Monday) sentenced at York Crown Court to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to shop robbery.

Kershaw jumps on to the counter before stealing a bottle of gin and making his escape
BNT Stores on Nunthorpe Road. Photograph © Google Street View

On 9 May 2019, Kershaw entered the BNT store on Nunthorpe Road, and threatened a shop assistant with a knife, demanding they hand over money from the till.

Kershaw grabbed the victim’s arm and jumped onto the counter before stealing a bottle of gin and exiting the shop.

North Yorkshire Police officers quickly realised the significance of the victim’s jacket and took it for testing. It was later found to hold traces of Kershaw’s DNA from when he’d grabbed the worker.

Seen nearby

Wade Kershaw

Kershaw was observed by members of the public leaving the scene whilst carrying the bottle of gin he had stolen.

Kershaw was then observed by local police in the area near the shop later that evening and was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Kershaw is currently serving a four year sentence at HMP Hull for blackmail and assault offences committed shortly after the shop robbery and was today sentenced to an additional 18 months in prison.