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Shop raid: Knife held to woman’s throat

CCTV shows moment young man brandished blade

18 April, 2018

CCTV of the raid

POLICE are investigating after a suspect armed with a large hunting knife threatened a shopkeeper and demanded cash.

CCTV footage shows the suspect entering Susan’s Mini Mart in Leighton Road brandishing the weapon at around 3pm on Thursday.

He moved behind the till and held the blade to the female shopkeeper’s throat, before fleeing empty-handed.

The suspect is believed to be in his late teens.

Having watched the security camera footage, officers closed the case just hours after the attack, but reopened the investigation on Sunday.

The attempted robbery took place a few hundred metres from the spot that 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan was stabbed to death on February 20.

His was the first death on a night of shocking violence that also claimed the life of Sadiq Aadam and led to a renewed focus on the blight of knife violence.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Kentish Town last week, two days prior to the attack, to meet parents of the two victims and discuss ways to halt the rising levels of knife crime.

Instead of reacting angrily to the armed attack, store owner Sofiul Alam said he and his wife wanted more to be done to keep youngsters away from crime.

He said: “We urge the government and the council to offer more support and create more opportunities for our young generation to improve their future.”

A Met police spokesman said: “Police were called at 15:00hrs on Thursday, 12 April to reports of a robbery at a commercial unit on Leighton Road, NW5.

“Officers attended the scene and spoke to the victim, who told them that nothing had been stolen.”

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