Victim of bungling Sunderland machete raider recalls 'lucky escape'

A victim of a knife-point bungled robbery has spoken about his “lucky escape” after fearing that he was about to be stabbed.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 1:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 12:23 pm

Wearing a scarf over his face, Cooper left staff terrified on March 30 as he tried first to steal £350 from Grangetown Post Office at around 7.30am before making off empty-handed.

Then, just before 8am, Cooper entered the Premier shop, in nearby Villette Road, Hendon, and approached the counter before leaving after he was confronted by a shop worker.

Keaton Cooper is awaiting sentence after admitting two attempted robberies in Sunderland.

Cooper, of Trevarren Drive, Ryhope, Sunderland, was arrested in Ryhope Road after ringing police to confess and has now pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery, possessing an offensive weapon and possessing a quantity of cannabis on March 30.

In a statement provided to police, a man who was working in the post office when Cooper threatened him said: “When I saw the weapon I feared for my safety and believed I was going to be stabbed,” he said.

“Since I have had time to think about this incident, I feel like I have had a lucky escape. I don’t come to work and expect to be threatened.”

Cooper was remanded in custody and will return to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence on Thursday, June 18.

One of the raids was at Grangetown Post Office.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Mcguigan, of Northumbria Police, said: “There is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in our society and Keaton Cooper should be ashamed by his actions.

“Armed with a machete, he showed a total disregard for the law and the welfare of others as he walked into two businesses and threatened staff for purely selfish gains.

“Thankfully, nobody was injured in either incident and Cooper left empty-handed, but his erratic and frightening behaviour on that morning could easily cause long-term psychological effects for his victims.

“It is particularly disappointing that, at a time when the majority of people across Northumbria are pulling together and showing the spirit that the North-East is famed for, Cooper carried out these crimes and threatened staff members who are working hard to provide for our communities.”

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