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Litherland mum less than five feet stands up to knife man in robbery

A PINT-SIZED Merseyside mum stood up to a knife wielding thug who threatened her at the shop where she works.

The raider thrust a 12” blade over the counter towards Sushma Blaggan and demanded she hand over money.

Mum-of-five Mrs Blaggan, who is four feet eleven and stands on a box behind the shop counter, said: “He walked in with his giant knife but I told him where to go. He then started screaming ‘give me the money’.

“I hit the panic button and he ran out empty handed. The only person with me was my elderly father-in-law who was in the back.”

The attempted robbery took place at tea-time inside the Dale Acre mini-market off Gorsey Lane in Litherland.

Police described the offender as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothes.

Mrs Blaggan told the ECHO that she recognised the knife man’s voice but that a big woolly hat disguised his face.

She also said that the way the knife man moved around the shop suggested he was familiar with it.

Mrs Blaggan added: “We opened in 1994, when our family lived above the shop. Our time here since has been trouble free.

“It is the first time I have ever been threatened with a weapon.”

Mrs Blaggan runs the shop with her husband Narrinder.

The couple’s children have all attended Crosby’s prestigious St Mary’s College.

One of their daughters has just graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in criminal psychology, while a second has completed a business and finance degree at Salford University.

Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating an attempted robbery at the shop on December 8.

DI John Williams, said: “Thankfully incident such as this are rare, but this must have been very frightening for the staff members involved.

“I would like to appeal for any members of the public who may have saw someone acting suspiciously in the area or anyone who has any information about this incident to come forward and make contact with officers.”

Call police on 0151 777 3055 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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