CCTV of armed robber who punched shopkeeper

CCTV of attempted armed robbery Credit: Essex Police

Detectives have released CCTV images in a renewed appeal for information after an attempted armed robbery in Southend. The incident happened at a newsagent’s shop at Southchurch Avenue shortly before 2.30pm yesterday (Thursday).

CCTV of attempted armed robbery Credit: Essex Police

A man brandishing a handgun entered the shop and ordered the female shopkeeper to hand over money. When she refused and told him to get out of her shop he punched her in the face. He then fled empty-handed and ran off towards York Road.

CCTV of attempted armed robbery Credit: Essex Police

The woman was left badly shaken and was checked by paramedics.The suspect is described as being white, of slim or skinny build, aged between 20 and 30 and about 5ft 6in tall.

CCTV of attempted armed robbery Credit: Essex Police

He was wearing a distinctive Russian Red Army or Cossack-style woollen hat with large ear flaps, a purple/blue jacket and grey or blue jeans. He had a red or orange-coloured scarf covering his face.

Any witnesses or anyone who can identify the man should contact Dc Karen Miller or her colleagues at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111