Knife attack on Halifax off-licence

Ovenden shop owner Rattan Chohan, 63, says he feels like a prisoner in his own shop after a string of armed attacks
Ovenden shop owner Rattan Chohan, 63, says he feels like a prisoner in his own shop after a string of armed attacks
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Another armed robbery on a Halifax off licence has left a terrified trader feeling like a prisoner in his own shop.

Rattan Chohan has spoken out after a masked raider confronted his son with a knife in an attack at R and B off-licence, Mostyn Mount, Ovenden, on Wednesday night.

The knife man threatened the shop assistant before escaping with cash and 
cigarettes.

Earlier this year, the shop owner was punched behind his counter by a thief who threatened him with a hammer - in an armed raid which cost him thousands of pounds.

Speaking after the latest attack, the 63-year-old Mr Chohan said he now lives in fear of further violence.

Mr Chohan has been forced to barricade himself behind the counter to protect himself from armed thieves.

“I feel like a prisoner in my own shop. It’s just not safe to work alone any more.

“I live in fear, I never know if it’s going to be a robber walking through the door. I struggle to sleep at night and have high blood pressure. I’m just trying to make an honest living for my family,” said Mr Chohan, who works at the shop seven-days a week to try to make ends meet.

The trader said he had gone upstairs to get something to eat while his son, Suni, 38, was downstairs minding the shop.

“My son came running upstairs to tell me he had been threatened with a knife - with a six inch blade - and the robber shouted “give your money and cigs”.”

The raid lasted a matter of minutes before the thief, described by police as a white male in his 20s, fled the scene on foot from the end of the street towards the Grove area of Ovenden at around 5.20pm on Wednesday.

Mr Chohan said his son, who has never experienced anything like this before was left shocked and shaken up, and says he now understands the daily fear his father lives in - after being the victim of a string of violent armed attacks.

Mr Chohan has had the business for 23 years and said he knows and trusts most of his customers but fears further theft will cost him his already struggling business.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information relating to the identification of the suspect who is described as white, skinny-build, aged in his mid 20s and around five foot six inches in height. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and wore a black scarf covering his face. Police said the thief was carrying supermarket carrier bags.

DC Lee Mason, of Calderdale CID, said: “This was a nasty incident which left the victim shaken and frightened following his ordeal. We are appealing for anyone who saw a male fitting this description in the Athol and Grove areas of Ovenden to come forward and help us with our enquiries. Please contact Calderdale CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”