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Woman thief terrorises bar staff in knife raids

PUBLISHED: 18:36 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

A WOMAN wielding a knife has been terrorising staff in shops and bars in a series of robberies in Lo0ndson's East End.

So far, police believe she's netted more than £500. The woman was armed with up to a 10ins blade when she threatened workers in five businesses around Bethnal Green and Spitalfields, grabbing cash, alcohol and jewellery in her four-day spree

Victoria Huntley

A WOMAN wielding a knife has been terrorising staff in shops and bars in a series of robberies in London’s East End.

So far, police believe she’s netted more than £500.

The woman was armed with a 10ins blade when she threatened workers in five businesses around Bethnal Green and Spitalfields, grabbing cash, alcohol and jewellery in her four-day spree.

She struck first at Roman Road’s Bodywise Yoga centre at 8.30pm last Thursday—but left with nothing despite threatening the 43-year-old receptionist with a knife.

The raider hit again, pointing a knife at a worker at the @ Work art gallery and jewellery-making studio in Brick Lane at 11.50am on Sunday and robbed her of £70 and her debit card.

But on Monday the woman carried out three raids.

She stole a brooch and £75 cash from Tatty Devine jewellery store in Brick Lane, then a bottle of whisky and £30 of shopping vouchers from the Redchurch bar in Bethnal Green and £400 from the Kolos Polish shop in nearby Cambridge Heath Road.

Each time she threatened staff with a knife.

Police describe the woman as a black, aged between 22 and 30, around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall, with pock-marked skin, wearing torn fishnet tights and ballet pumps and appearing to be drunk or stoned.

She had a teenage accomplice in her last raid, a girl aged about 15 to 17 who was around 5ft 5ins tall, wearing a scarf and had curly hair in a pony tail.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to call the Robbery Squad on 020-8217 6651, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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