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Friday, 10 November 2017

Store assistant left 'humbled' by huge outpouring of support after armed robbery ordeal at Co-op store in Bradford

Store assistant left 'humbled' by huge outpouring of support after armed robbery ordeal at Co-op store in Bradford
Store assistant left 'humbled' by huge outpouring of support after armed robbery ordeal at Co-op store in Bradford



Store assistant left 'humbled' by huge outpouring of support after armed robbery ordeal at Co-op store in Bradford


A STORE worker caught up in a terrifying armed robbery says she is “overwhelmed” by the support she has received from her community.

Jemma Lee, 35, was working at the Co-op store in Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, on Saturday night when two masked men armed with a knife and hammer raided the shop, threatened staff and demanded cash.

Miss Lee was the first to encounter the attackers and has been left emotionally vulnerable following the horrific raid.

“Obviously it was scary - it’s not a situation anybody wants to be in. You don’t go into work thinking that’s going to happen to you.”


In the immediate aftermath of the incident, she described feeling jumpy and down about what had happened, but that all changed when Birkenshaw residents pulled together in a show of strength against those who unleashed terror in their community.

Michelle Gordon, 32, Jemma’s partner’s daughter, and Sam Nowak, 30, manager of the George IV pub in the village, launched a fundraising campaign in a bid to cheer up the three members of staff affected.

“The fundraising has totally lifted my mood,” Miss Lee said. “It’s made me feel I can go back into work because of the community support.”

She also thanked her manager, whom she credits with being a “brilliant” support since the ordeal. And while the fundraising was initially kept a secret, Miss Lee eventually discovered the outpouring of support on Facebook.







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