Hailsham: Cool Colin foils armed raider

Colin Jennings
Colin Jennings

A BRAVE service station manager foiled a knife-wielding robber who got away with just a charity collection box.

The desperate teenage raider stole a Poppy Appeal tin after a bungled robbery attempt at the United Petroleum petrol station on Little London Road, Horam.

CCTV image of the service station robber

CCTV image of the service station robber

On Thursday (November 3) the hooded robber pulled out a knife and demanded cash from 70-year-old Colin Jennings, the manager of the service station.

But Colin, who lives in London Road, Hailsham, refused to hand over any cash.

He said, “A boy came rushing in and he was wearing a hoodie and you could only see his eyes.

“He pulled out a Tesco carrier bag, put it on the counter, then pulled out a six-inch stiletto knife and said “fill this up with money, now!”

Mr Jennings told him to go away, in no uncertain terms.

He continued, “The boy looked at me and didn’t know what to do.

“I just stood there glaring at him and he grabbed the Poppy Appeal tin and ran out.

“I wasn’t particularly scared because he was only a little pipsqueak!

“The police looked at the CCTV footage and said I was very calm and the boss was pleased because I didn’t give him any money!”

Colin said on the basis of previous Poppy Appeal collections the tin is likely to have contained around £35-£40 in donations.

The thief is described as white, in his late teens, about 5’8”, thin, wearing black jeans and a black jacket over a black hooded top, with the hood pulled down over his face.

Detective Sergeant Lee Floyd said, “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the London Road area of Horam late yesterday afternoon and saw this man entering or leaving the service station.

“Please contact us via 101 quoting serial 1241 of 3/11.”