A PLUCKY Stone pensioner was stabbed in the hand by a thug as she tried to stop him taking cash from the till.
Brave Pat Stonier, 66, was working alone in the Wine Cellar in Oulton Road, on Sunday evening when she was attacked by the robber.
But the determined pensioner has been undeterred by the raid and says she will be back behind the counter as usual on Sunday.
“I was more angry than anything,” she told the Newsletter this week. “The man had been perfectly pleasant earlier. He had a £1 coin for a drink but the one he wanted was more so I told him where there was another drink for a £1 if wanted that instead and he thanked me. He came back to the counter and when the till was opened he lurched forward and tried to get the till draw out.
“My first reaction was to be angry so I tried to stop him. He produced a kitchen knife and slashed it across my hand. Blood spurted out. He ran out with just a small amount of money.
“I’m a bit annoyed at how I reacted. If he had pulled the knife out first I would never have tried to stop him but because he lurched forward to grab the till I felt angry and tried to stop him but I certainly wasn’t trying to be a hero.”
The attack happened at around 9.50pm, shortly before the shop was due to close, and Pat was left needed four stitches. She drove herself to hospital before heading home.
“I have a bandage on but although the cut was deep it isn’t too serious.
“I will be back at work on Sunday. I don’t feel frightened at all. I’m still a bit angry and I’m more sorry that I left a mess for someone else to clean up.
“It’s a shame because nothing like this has happened before and most people who come in live nearby and new residents often come in and introduce themselves.
“I have had flowers and messages from customers and would like to thank them all.”
Manager Karen Howell added: “It is no surprise Pat was determined to stop the man. That is the kind of person she is and we all want to wish her well."
The shop was closed on Monday while police and forensics investigated. Detectives have released CCTV footage of the robber, described as white,
tanned, possibly mixed race, slim, in his late 20s to early 30s with dark hair and eyes, and between 5ft 11 and 6ft. He wore a white hooded top and was carrying an A4 document style black case.
He is believed to have left in a dark Audi car driven by a woman
Anyone with information should contact DC Noel Hunt at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 753 of September 8 or call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.