Knife-wielding robber threatened to slit cashier's throat in petrol station hold-up

A woman who threatened a petrol station worker with a knife in a “terrifying ordeal” has been jailed for six years.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 1:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 3:28 pm

Joanne Metcalfe entered the St Giles Filling Station, in Gilesgate, Durham and filled a shopping basket full of items.

And as the cashier – a woman who was working alone - finished scanning the items through the till, Metcalfe brandished a knife in her face and told her she would slit her throat if she didn’t give her any money.

Fearing for her life, the terrified cashier opened the till and Metcalfe made off with a quantity of cash and the stolen goods.

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Joanne Metcalfe, of Churchill Square, Gilesgate.

She was arrested a few minutes later in a street behind the petrol station.

The incident happened shortly after 6am on Saturday, August 24.

Metcalfe, 39, of Churchill Square, Gilesgate, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

She was jailed for six years at Durham Crown Court last week.

The case was dealt with at Durham Crown Court.

PC Anna Pittam, of Durham City CID, said: “The victim was extremely brave to have gone through the process with us for what was a terrifying ordeal during which she genuinely feared for her life.

“Thankfully the uniformed officers from the response teams quickly identified the suspect and arrested her a few minutes after the incident.

“I hope Metcalfe’s sentence gives some reassurance to the victim and the wider public that her attacker is off the streets and behind bars.”