Sutton shopkeeper’s ‘shooting’ terror

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A Sutton shopkeeper has spoken of his terror when a man threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over cash.

The masked man burst into Buttar’s Off Licence on Kirkby Road on Sunday around 6pm with - what is believed to be a firearm - and demanded money from the till.

Owner Tarlochan Singh Buttar, said it was extremely frightening for him and his family.

He said: “The man came in and was wearing a scarf over his mouth and had his hood up so I could only see his eyes which was quite unnerving. Then he threw a bag on the counter and shouted ‘fill the bag up’. I said, ‘you what?’. Then he demanded that the bag was filled with cash from the till and then pointed a gun at me.

“He said ‘I will shoot you.’ It was very scary. I thought he might do it but I just moved out of the way quickly and shouted for my family, who were in the back of the shop, to call the police.

“When I did that he ran out of the shop. We were just so shocked.”

The man did not get away with any cash.

Mr Singh Buttar has been at the shop for 25 years and added he hoped police caught the man.

He added: “I just hope he is caught so he can not put anyone else through this. It was a scary experience but you have got to live your life and not be fearful.”

Police are appealing for information about the incident and the offender is described as white, around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall, of slim to medium build and about 25 years old.

He was wearing a dark hooded top and also wore a red and white Nottingham Forest scarf to cover the lower part of his face.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, and who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously, or matched the description above.

Anyone with information should telephone Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 767 of 30 November, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.