Man with gun attempts to rob newsagents in Westcliff

Southend Standard: Man 'with gun' attempts to rob newsagents Man 'with gun' attempts to rob newsagents

A MASKED robber tried to hold up a shop assistant with a handgun.

Detectives are investigating the armed robbery at Colliers newsagents in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, which took place yesterday at about 2.15pm.

A man entered the store in a grey Addidas tracksuit and grey Halloween style wolf mask.

He pointed to gun at the shopkeeper as he stood behind the counter and demanded he opened the till and give him the money.

But he refused to hand over anything and following a brief confrontation the attempted robber left the store empty handed, turning right out of the shop towards the seafront.

The suspect was seen to run down Anerley Road then into Ceylon Road car park and out onto Ceylon Road.

He is described as white, aged between 17 to 21 years old, local Southend accent, 5ft 6ins tall and a skinny build. He held a black hand gun.

Dc Vicky Caine said: "The young shopkeeper was convinced it was not a real gun and was probably a gas replica. It was a brave thing to do to refuse to hand over anything, however we would not normally recommend that anyone tackles or refuses to co-operate as your safety is more important."

Anyone who can help police identify the man responsible, or witnessed any part of the incident is urged to contact Dc Vicky Caine at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:11pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Grey track suit ! At it again!!!
Grey track suit ! At it again!!! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Mon 9 Jun 14

asa jay says...

How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance . asa jay
  • Score: 2

6:53pm Mon 9 Jun 14

TherealIndiana says...

asa jay wrote:
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
[quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be. TherealIndiana
  • Score: 20

9:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Eric the Red says...

TherealIndiana wrote:
asa jay wrote:
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).
[quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk). Eric the Red
  • Score: 7

9:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

the25man says...

Of course the Police would say not to face up to a robber but leave it to them.
Little use that is.
Of course the Police would say not to face up to a robber but leave it to them. Little use that is. the25man
  • Score: 5

8:10am Tue 10 Jun 14

TherealIndiana says...

Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
asa jay wrote:
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).
The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).[/p][/quote]The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you. TherealIndiana
  • Score: -1

8:20am Tue 10 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

slightly concerning that this is going on...
slightly concerning that this is going on... SLord90
  • Score: 1

11:38am Tue 10 Jun 14

Eric the Red says...

TherealIndiana wrote:
Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
asa jay wrote:
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).
The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.
Yes - I was in France last week - talking French..............
...but now I'm back in England, I'll speak English. The Guide that you speak of was compiled by the ofiice junior who's probably never handled a gun. I've had a Firearms Certificate for 30 years.
[quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).[/p][/quote]The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.[/p][/quote]Yes - I was in France last week - talking French.............. ...but now I'm back in England, I'll speak English. The Guide that you speak of was compiled by the ofiice junior who's probably never handled a gun. I've had a Firearms Certificate for 30 years. Eric the Red
  • Score: 0

12:17pm Tue 10 Jun 14

TherealIndiana says...

Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
asa jay wrote:
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).
The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.
Yes - I was in France last week - talking French..............

...but now I'm back in England, I'll speak English. The Guide that you speak of was compiled by the ofiice junior who's probably never handled a gun. I've had a Firearms Certificate for 30 years.
Aah, you will obviously be aware then of French slang words that have insideously crept into the British language! Especially that most vulgar of all!!!...The PICNIC! (from piquenique) .It makes my blood boil, why couldn't the British society come up with a word for sitting on a blanket eating a cucumber sandwich in a field!

PS. I also know the FSEL at Chelmsford, but not as long as you!....you must be very old....
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).[/p][/quote]The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.[/p][/quote]Yes - I was in France last week - talking French.............. ...but now I'm back in England, I'll speak English. The Guide that you speak of was compiled by the ofiice junior who's probably never handled a gun. I've had a Firearms Certificate for 30 years.[/p][/quote]Aah, you will obviously be aware then of French slang words that have insideously crept into the British language! Especially that most vulgar of all!!!...The PICNIC! (from piquenique) .It makes my blood boil, why couldn't the British society come up with a word for sitting on a blanket eating a cucumber sandwich in a field! PS. I also know the FSEL at Chelmsford, but not as long as you!....you must be very old.... TherealIndiana
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Wed 11 Jun 14

ZimGirl says...

TherealIndiana wrote:
Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
asa jay wrote:
How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).
The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.
Technically speaking, by the original definition, all handguns are pistols. The term first appeared sometime in the 16th century and is of obscure origin, possibly a corruption of the name of the Tuscan town, Pistoia, though there are other etymological claimants, including small coins, “pistoles,” which had a diameters similar to those of pistol balls. In any event, “pistol” was common enough by the late 1500’s to be used by William Shakespeare as the name of a comedic character in some of his plays. “Pistol” was generic well into the era of revolvers (Sam Colt often called his wares “revolving pistols,” or “repeating pistols,”). With the advent of the semi-auto, an interest to differentiate between revolvers and other handguns started to form. Today it is accepted to call guns with cylinders “revolvers” and auto pistols, single-shots, etc., “pistols.” In my mind, the term “pistol” can still correctly be applied to all handguns. Interestingly enough in Britain, for some time, there was a habit of calling an auto pistol a revolver. You commonly see in early 1930s English movies. Old habits die hard, I guess.
[quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).[/p][/quote]The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.[/p][/quote]Technically speaking, by the original definition, all handguns are pistols. The term first appeared sometime in the 16th century and is of obscure origin, possibly a corruption of the name of the Tuscan town, Pistoia, though there are other etymological claimants, including small coins, “pistoles,” which had a diameters similar to those of pistol balls. In any event, “pistol” was common enough by the late 1500’s to be used by William Shakespeare as the name of a comedic character in some of his plays. “Pistol” was generic well into the era of revolvers (Sam Colt often called his wares “revolving pistols,” or “repeating pistols,”). With the advent of the semi-auto, an interest to differentiate between revolvers and other handguns started to form. Today it is accepted to call guns with cylinders “revolvers” and auto pistols, single-shots, etc., “pistols.” In my mind, the term “pistol” can still correctly be applied to all handguns. Interestingly enough in Britain, for some time, there was a habit of calling an auto pistol a revolver. You commonly see in early 1930s English movies. Old habits die hard, I guess. ZimGirl
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Alekhine says...

TherealIndiana wrote:
Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
Eric the Red wrote:
TherealIndiana wrote:
asa jay wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .
He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.
Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).
The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.
Yes - I was in France last week - talking French.............. ...but now I'm back in England, I'll speak English. The Guide that you speak of was compiled by the ofiice junior who's probably never handled a gun. I've had a Firearms Certificate for 30 years.
Aah, you will obviously be aware then of French slang words that have insideously crept into the British language! Especially that most vulgar of all!!!...The PICNIC! (from piquenique) .It makes my blood boil, why couldn't the British society come up with a word for sitting on a blanket eating a cucumber sandwich in a field! PS. I also know the FSEL at Chelmsford, but not as long as you!....you must be very old....
It does work both ways you know. Why couldn't the French think of a word for putting something between two slices of bread? Le Sandwich (from Sandwich)
[quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asa jay[/bold] wrote: How did shopkeeper know it wasn't real .??? took a big chance .[/p][/quote]He obviously knows a bit about handguns! If you are unfortunately that close to the naughty end there are several tell tale signs that the firearm is not what it appears to be.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he was British, and knew about PISTOLS. 'Handgun' is American slang guys; absolutely! Have a nice day (yuk).[/p][/quote]The term 'Handgun' is used as extensively in the Government Guide to Firearm Licensing Law 2013. If you do not embrace foreign words or phrases it must be very hard to have a conversation with you.[/p][/quote]Yes - I was in France last week - talking French.............. ...but now I'm back in England, I'll speak English. The Guide that you speak of was compiled by the ofiice junior who's probably never handled a gun. I've had a Firearms Certificate for 30 years.[/p][/quote]Aah, you will obviously be aware then of French slang words that have insideously crept into the British language! Especially that most vulgar of all!!!...The PICNIC! (from piquenique) .It makes my blood boil, why couldn't the British society come up with a word for sitting on a blanket eating a cucumber sandwich in a field! PS. I also know the FSEL at Chelmsford, but not as long as you!....you must be very old....[/p][/quote]It does work both ways you know. Why couldn't the French think of a word for putting something between two slices of bread? Le Sandwich (from Sandwich) Alekhine
  • Score: 1

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