Man wanted in connection with “terrifying” Islington shop robbery

Police have released CCTV footage of a man suspected of threatening shop workers in Islington with a large carving knife last month.

The terrifying incident took place in the Budgens store on Packington Square near Essex Road just after 11pm on 11th December.

“Two employees were closing the shop and leaving the premises when they were forced back into the shop by a man holding a large carving knife,” police said.

“He threatened them and ordered them to get on the ground, with one of the workers escaping out of a side exit and another hiding in the staff facilities.

“The suspect rifled through the main office and the staff area behind the tills, making off with some cash, some bottles of alcohol and a backpack.

“The suspect left the store via the side entrance which opens onto Packington Street.”

The suspect is believed to be a white male in his 20s and around 5ft 10inches tall. He was wearing a dark jacket with a chequered lining, dark trousers, dark trainers with light stripes, black gloves, and a black holdall bag.

DC Alex Simmons of Islington Police added: “This was a planned and terrifying attack which left the victims in the greatest fear for their safety. The knifeman is thought to reside locally, so we urge anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images, or has any information that may assist our investigation, to contact.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Islington CID via 101, or to give information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimstoppers-uk.org website.

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