Fresh appeal for leads to Spalding knifeman

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UPDATE FRIDAY 11.30AM: Police will “try and jog people’s memories” today about an attempted robbery in Spalding where a woman was threatened with a knife.

A number of detectives investigating the incident at Elsam Cross Printers in London Road will be back in the area at lunchtime, about 48 hours after a man wearing a bandana and sunglasses demanded money from a staff member and later threatened to kill her if she spoke to police.

A notice on the door of Elsom Cross Printers, Spalding, where an attempted robbery took place on Wednesday.

A notice on the door of Elsom Cross Printers, Spalding, where an attempted robbery took place on Wednesday.

Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for Spalding, said: “We had officers in London Road on Thursday at about the time the incident took place and we will have some officers in the area today to try and jog people’s memories about what happened on Wednesday.”

Anyone with information should call Spalding CID on 101.

THURSDAY 5PM: Detectives are studying CCTV footage as they step up the hunt for a man who threatened a woman at knifepoint at a Spalding printing firm.

Police have also carried out door-to-door enquiries as they try and jog people’s memories about an attempted robbery at Elsam Cross Printers in London Road yesterday when a staff member was grabbed by a man wearing a bandana and sunglasses.

The office has now been closed by managers of Newton Press in Sutterton, which Elsam Cross is a part of, and a notice on the door confirmed it was due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for Spalding, said: “This afternoon, police carried out patrols in London Road and spoke to everyone in the area to see if they could prompt people’s memories about the incident.

“Detectives are making active enquiries, including the study of CCTV images, but we’re still anxious for anyone who recognises the person we’re seeking from the description given out to contact us.”

The suspect is described as white, with dark hair that was curly at the front, smooth forearms with no visible hair and speaking with a Northern accent.

Anyone with information should call Spalding CID on 101, quoting incident number 200 of September 4.

THURSDAY 11AM: A female member of staff had a knife put to her throat during the attempted robbery at Elsam Cross Printers in London Road, Spalding yesterday.

The knifeman burst into the shop at 1pm, grabbed the female member of staff – aged in her 40s – and held a knife to her throat.

He demanded money, but was told none was kept on site and left empty handed – though not before issuing a death threat to the woman.

Managing director Nick Ward said: “He riffled through the drawers and told her if she called the police he would come back and kill her.”

He praised the employee’s courage, saying: “She was very, very brave. We are all very, very shocked at what happened. We thought that Spalding was a safe place to work in. We would like it to continue to be a safe place.”

THURSDAY 10.30AM: Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place at Elsam Cross Printers, London Road, Spalding just after 1pm on Wednesday.

A man entered the premises and threatened a member of staff at knifepoint. The man is described as a white male, with a Northern accent.

He had dark hair that was curly at the front and smooth forearms with no visible hair. He was wearing a grey hoodie with a centre zip. The hoody had a black square motif on the front with some sort of patterned design within and black jeans or trousers. He was wearing pink or red bandana and a pair of distinctive blur framed sunglasses.

Community Policing Inspector Jim Tyner said: “Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident but I am anxious that we catch this man as soon as possible. I am appealing for any lunchtime shoppers that were in the area to help us trace this man’s movements after he left the scene on foot.”

Anyone with information should contact Spalding CID by dialling 101 and quoting the incident number. Report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.