Just an hour ago, at just before 20:50, an assailant entered the store armed with a knife before threatening staff and demanding money out of the till.
Local resident Neville Browne has spoken exclusively to Island Echo about how he witnessed a scared member of the public running out of the corner shop screaming ‘he’s got a knife’. Unhappy with the situation, Mr Brown grabbed a pan from his kitchen and apprehended the armed robber as he tried to flee the store.
Although the heroic neighbour grabbed the robber’s top, he managed to flee from the scene but not without leaving his clothing – and therefore evidence – behind. Mr Brown has been bit, but is otherwise uninjured.
It is understood a man has been arrested by Police in Warwick Street on suspicion of robbery. He has been taken to Newport Police Station for questioning. Amazingly, Police arrested the man just minutes after the robbery had taken place.
It is thought Armed Police were deployed to the scene, but were stood down en-route.
The Co-Operative has been closed for forensic examination and detectives from Newport CID are gathering evidence. Staff members are giving statements to Police.
UPDATE SUNDAY @ 10:23 – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a 32-year-old man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody this morning.
Anyone with any information relating to this case is asked to contact Newport CID on 101, quoting reference 44170141146. Information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.