South East Wales

Mountain Ash newsagent fends off knife robber

Police have praised a newsagent who fended off a man who tried to rob his shop at knife point.

The robber was forced to flee empty handed after he was disarmed at the shop in Mountain Ash.

Detectives said they were concerned about the "sinister determination" shown by the robber who had held the knife to the newsagent's throat.

The attempted robbery occurred around 19:15 GMT on 12 February at the shop on High Street.

The robber is described as a white male who was wearing a black hooded top which had red edging around the hood and face. He was also dressed in a dark pair of track suit bottoms with white line down the side.

He had a scarf across his mouth to hide his identity and was also wearing a pair of dark gloves.

'Distinctive'

Det Sgt Ryan Davies said: "The shopkeeper showed immense bravery as he put himself in danger to protect what was his. I'd like to commend him for that.

"He acted decisively, even disarming the robber who had knife which could have been lethal. Luckily he only sustained a slight injury to his hand.

"However, the robber showed sinister determination to get what he wanted. An incident of this nature is rare for here and it does concern me.

"We don't have much to go on in terms of facial features, but if anyone recognises the top he was wearing - what we believe to be a distinctive hooded top which had red edging around the face - then you may be important to our investigation."

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Merthyr CID via 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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