Shops robbed at knifepoint in double raid

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A SHOPKEEPER has spoken of the moment he feared he would be stabbed in one of two armed robberies carried out by a knife-wielding woman this week.

Police have confirmed that they are treating an incident at The Little Shop in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and another in the evening at the Sandbed’s Londis Store as being connected – with both shops held – up and cash, cigarettes and alcohol stolen.

It was 5.10am when Weensland’s Little Shop was targeted by a woman in her mid 20s, who walked in with a white scarf covering her face before confronting manager Raymond Connelly.

Describing that moment, he told the Hawick News: “The girl first came in, had a look round then went out. Then she came back in holding a four-inch penknife in her hand, holding it out, and she said ‘open the f****** till or I’ll stab you’.

“I told her that it was early so there was hardly any money in the till, but I gave her around £50. Then she said she wanted fags, and I thought ‘here we go’ because we’ve hundreds of cigarettes.”

But the robber told Raymond that she just wanted a “twenty deck” of cigarettes, and took a bottle of vodka before running out of the shop and down the Trinity Steps in the company of a man standing outside .

Raymond added: “I wasn’t scared as such, but my leg was shaking a bit because you don’t expect something like that. I think she seemed under the influence and had a Glasgow-tongue. Once she ran down the stairs I just locked the door and phoned the police.”

The woman is described as 5’ 5” in height, dark coloured hair tied back, wearing a dark coloured coat with a fur-trimmed hood, and a black hat with chin ties. Her male accomplice is described as in his 20s, 5’ 7” in height, wearing dark clothing.

But later that night at 9.40pm, a member of staff at the Londis Store – part of the Post Office – was also confronted by a woman wielding a knife, who again made off with money, cigarettes and alcohol. She is described as having visible tattoos on her chest, wearing a green coat with a fur hood.

Hawick police boss Paula Clark says they are working hard on the two ‘linked’ cases.

Highlighting the exceptional circumstances of two armed robberies in the town, Mrs Clark added: “Be assured, crimes like these are very unusual in Hawick and we are determined to capture those responsible.”