Attempted robbery on town centre charity shop

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice shop on Church Street in Gainsborough G130716-1b
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice shop on Church Street in Gainsborough G130716-1b

An attempted robbery at a Gainsborough charity shop in which a shop assistant was injured has left the town in shock.

Police are appealing for information after the would-be robber burst into the St Barnabas Hospice shop on Church Street in the town centre at around 3.20pm on Saturday afternoon.

He demanded that the till be opened, before hitting the 47-year-old female shop assistant in the face.

Police say the attacker then fled the shop on foot, leaving the charity shop without any money.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The shop assistant was left with a minor facial injury.”

“A 17-year-old local man was later arrested in connection with the incident.”

“He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries,” he added.

People in Gainsborough have been left shocked that this could happen in the town centre in the middle of the afternoon.

And the consensus was that the police are doing all they can. They lay the blame at the foot of the courts who fail to deal with offenders properly when they are caught.

Ken Harrison said: “The Police are doing their very best, It’s the courts who are not locking these offenders up for long enough that’s the problem.”

And traders in town have urged shoppers not to stay away because of the attack, saying the incident was just a ‘one-off’

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, or who was in the area of the shop at the time and saw any suspicious activity, to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference 32127362.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 and leave a message.