Video: Pair found guilty of robbing Knowle Garage
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Duo raided garage in Braunton armed with a knife and meat cleaver - before hero grandmother chased them away.
TWO people who threatened a Braunton grandmother with a meat cleaver during a terrifying armed robbery have been found guilty.
Lee Prouse, 24, and Jordanne Morris, 21, of Stanhope Square in Holsworthy, were found guilty of robbing Knowle Garage in Braunton in November 2012 after a week long trial at Exeter Crown Court.
A third defendant, 28-year-old Jamie Latta, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty prior to the trial.
Trude Mian was finishing her shift at the time when two menacing balaclava-clad figures, Prouse and Latta, wielding a cleaver and large knife burst through the door. Morris was in the getaway car outside.
Mrs Mian tried to dial 999 but one of the hooded raiders whacked the phone with the meat cleaver.
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Prouse and Latta then demanded to be shown to the safe but Mrs Mian said they would have to get past heir first, as she pushed the panic button under the counter.
The raiders fled but left a knife on the counter, which Mrs Mian grabbed and ran after them with.
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The officer in the case, DC Simon Scotthorne of Barnstaple CID said: “This was a violent and terrifying attack on a lone woman by two men wearing balaclavas who had armed themselves with a meat cleaver. They assaulted and then robbed the victim at her place of work.”
DC Scotthorne paid tribute to Mrs Mian, and said: “She showed remarkable courage in standing up to these violent individuals.
“Thankfully these types of incidents are rare but Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to targeting violent crime.”