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Girl, 11, joins dad in chasing off armed robber

An armed robber fled empty handed after being chased off by an 11-year-old girl and her dad.

Shortly before 10pm on Monday (16 September) a man walked into the Express Supermarket in Newlands Road, Worthing, pulled out a knife and demanded that the member of staff empty the till.

A man and his daughter who were customers in the store threw two bottles of squash and a loaf of bread at him and, after one last unsuccessful attempt to grab money from the till, he fled empty handed out of the shop. No one was harmed.

He is taken by surprise as the items are thrown
More groceries are thrown at the would-be robber
He can't take any more and rushes from the shop

If you can help, report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1520 of 16/09.

I cannot praise enough the bravery of the father and daughter who intervened in this knifepoint attempted robbery.

There are considerable risks any time a knife is used or brandished and, whilst it is tempting to just view the spectacle of an armed robber fleeing in panic from a young girl, if the suspect is not caught he may try again and next time someone could be seriously hurt.

We need to identify the suspect as quickly as possible so we are asking people to view the CCTV footage and stills and to please get in touch with us if you know who this is or have any information about the incident.

– Detective Constable Noel Simmonds