Cashier hit masked robber with vacuum cleaner extension in raid on petrol station

North View Servcie Station on North View Terrace / Dairy Lane, Chilton Moor, Houghton.

North View Servcie Station on North View Terrace / Dairy Lane, Chilton Moor, Houghton.

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A masked robber who pushed a woman worker to the ground during a late night garage raid has been jailed.

Darren Scott made off with over £500 from the till after attacking the lone cashier at the North View service station in Houghton on March 1.

Darren Scott

Darren Scott

The ordeal has left the 40-year-old victim so terrified she has been unable to return to work and still suffers pain from her injuries.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Scott, 40, of Front Street, Fence Houses was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to robbery.

Mr Recorder Kealey told him: “The worker was left with, as far as physical injuries are concerned, swelling and bruising to her back, head, elbows and arm.

“But physical injures are but one part of the harm you have caused her that evening.

“She was unable to return to work.”

The court heard the victim was so traumatised by the confrontation with a masked attacker, she cant look at her son when he plays with his spiderman mask and even bikers wearing crash helmets leave her in fear.

Scott was caught on CCTV “scouting out” the shop about an hour before he struck on March 1,

Footage from the premises shows he had changed clothes when he went back to carry out the raid and covered his face and head with a grey hood.

By that time, the worker was hoovering and tidying the shop up for the night.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “She was shocked and scared as he ran straight up to her, shouting ‘where’s the money’.

“She managed to hit him towards the front of the body with a hoover extension.

“He threw himself at her with arms outstretched.”

The court heard the impact caused the worker to fall over backwards and hit her head off a wall.

She injured her back and arms in the fall but was able to struggle to her feet and run for help at a neighbouring house.

Tom Moran, defending, said drug use is at the heart of Scott’s problems and offending, which includes past convictions for similar raids.

Mr Moran said: “At the time he was a slave to addiction.”

The court heard Scott is “genuinely remorseful” for his actions and the effect they have had.