Cwmbran woman fought off knife-wielding robber

BRAVE: Yoghesh and Sunita Parekh

BRAVE: Yoghesh and Sunita Parekh

First published in News

A CWMBRAN shop owner bravely tried to fight off a robber armed with an eight-inch knife as he stole money from her till.

Sunita Parekh, 48, wrestled with the man at her shop, Richmond Wine on Richmond Road in Pontnewydd, on Wednesday, at around 5pm.

Mrs Parekh said: "He came in the shop, but he didn't buy anything. He had a dark scarf around his face.

"When a young boy came in, he shouted at him to get on the floor and tried to get to the till.

"He was holding this big kitchen knife, and he pushed me, but I managed not to fall as there was another stool behind me.

"I pushed him back, and then he pushed me again, and we were struggling with each other until he managed to open the till.

"I screamed, and then he grabbed some tens and twenties and ran.

"It was all over in about 10 seconds. I was very shaken afterwards."

Yoghesh Parekh, 51, her husband, said: "I was upstairs when I heard her scream, so me, my son and my brother-in-law all stormed downstairs, and he was already out the door by the time we got there.

"My son chased him through the lanes, and saw him dump some of the cash in a wheelie bin. He picked it up, so we actually got most of the cash back.

"We are lucky we did not have any injuries and no one was stabbed.

When I look back at the CCTV footage and see how big that knife was, I realise how lucky we are."

Son Mahesh, 27, said: "At first when I heard mum scream I thought it was my niece mucking around. When she screamed again I realised it was serious and we all ran downstairs.

"I jumped out the door and chased him thought the lanes, and I was shouting at him as I ran.

"Then he ran into the park and that's when I stopped chasing him.

"Luckily, I managed to grab the cash he tried to dump, or I think I'd still be after him now."

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1:45pm Sat 16 Feb 13

D Taylor says...

Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.
Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before. D Taylor
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2:21pm Sat 16 Feb 13

gatty says...

D Taylor wrote:
Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.
yep and theres one person to blame for this.well 2 maybe, cameron and his mate clegg. they taking us back a long long long time ago, where rich ruled and poor served
[quote][p][bold]D Taylor[/bold] wrote: Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.[/p][/quote]yep and theres one person to blame for this.well 2 maybe, cameron and his mate clegg. they taking us back a long long long time ago, where rich ruled and poor served gatty
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2:43pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Llanmartinangel says...

gatty wrote:
D Taylor wrote:
Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.
yep and theres one person to blame for this.well 2 maybe, cameron and his mate clegg. they taking us back a long long long time ago, where rich ruled and poor served
What a pile of horse ****. Most crime of this type is fuelled by drugs which, whatever you think of the coalition, goes back much further. You might also want to look at the lenient sentences the culprits get as well.
[quote][p][bold]gatty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D Taylor[/bold] wrote: Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.[/p][/quote]yep and theres one person to blame for this.well 2 maybe, cameron and his mate clegg. they taking us back a long long long time ago, where rich ruled and poor served[/p][/quote]What a pile of horse ****. Most crime of this type is fuelled by drugs which, whatever you think of the coalition, goes back much further. You might also want to look at the lenient sentences the culprits get as well. Llanmartinangel
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3:16pm Sat 16 Feb 13

P C Neilson says...

"We are lucky we did not have any injuries and no one was stabbed".

Lucky the robber wasn't serious about using the knife, if he was, this would have been a tale of sorrow instead of bravery. It's only money.
"We are lucky we did not have any injuries and no one was stabbed". Lucky the robber wasn't serious about using the knife, if he was, this would have been a tale of sorrow instead of bravery. It's only money. P C Neilson
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4:23pm Sat 16 Feb 13

gwentexiles says...

Yeah I think the more people that just sit back and hand over their good honest cash to these scumbags i'm sure the less these crimes will continue. I'm sure they wouldn't think this is easy money lets have some more. Unfortunately we have a judicial system that is seen as a joke and acts as no deterrent. I would put a good wager on the likelihood that this criminal is already well known to the police and has received numerous slaps on the wrist.
Yeah I think the more people that just sit back and hand over their good honest cash to these scumbags i'm sure the less these crimes will continue. I'm sure they wouldn't think this is easy money lets have some more. Unfortunately we have a judicial system that is seen as a joke and acts as no deterrent. I would put a good wager on the likelihood that this criminal is already well known to the police and has received numerous slaps on the wrist. gwentexiles
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2:44pm Sun 17 Feb 13

arjwain says...

you would think the cost of a funeral theses days would far outweigh any attempt to rescue her money .

next time let them have it your life is worth more
you would think the cost of a funeral theses days would far outweigh any attempt to rescue her money . next time let them have it your life is worth more arjwain
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9:35pm Sun 17 Feb 13

gemmaUK says...

such a beautiful loving family. and one complete waster to do this to poor sunita! he deserves to be locked up and the key thrown away. One a disgusting human being.
such a beautiful loving family. and one complete waster to do this to poor sunita! he deserves to be locked up and the key thrown away. One a disgusting human being. gemmaUK
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9:07am Mon 18 Feb 13

gadget says...

D Taylor wrote:
Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.
Thanks for mentioning the official crime figures . i live in little mill and the official crime figures state that we had one crime in the whole of 2012 , I know of at least 10 that were reported and i keep myself to myself , SHAME ON THE POLICE FOR THESE LIES.
[quote][p][bold]D Taylor[/bold] wrote: Well I don't think that the Argus imagined the armed robbery at a Cwmbran shop reported at the top of this page. Despite the drop in crime figures I have the impression that more armed robberies are happening in Gwent than ever before.[/p][/quote]Thanks for mentioning the official crime figures . i live in little mill and the official crime figures state that we had one crime in the whole of 2012 , I know of at least 10 that were reported and i keep myself to myself , SHAME ON THE POLICE FOR THESE LIES. gadget
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11:30am Mon 18 Feb 13

Dai Rear says...

If the good lady had had a gun and totalled this pile of manure she of course would have been regarded as the criminal in dreary Britain . Lucky I suppose that only criminals have guns here (+ a few coppers who use them to shoot Brazilians and Sarth London men)
If the good lady had had a gun and totalled this pile of manure she of course would have been regarded as the criminal in dreary Britain . Lucky I suppose that only criminals have guns here (+ a few coppers who use them to shoot Brazilians and Sarth London men) Dai Rear
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