VIDEO: Rugby shop worker speaks out after Lawford Road Co-op attack

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A brave shop worker who was violently attacked during an attempted robbery has spoken out about her terrifying ordeal.

Candice Davies, 20, was working in the Heart of England Co-op in Lawford Road, Rugby on Wednesday night last week when a hooded man burst into the shop and pointed a weapon in her face.

He then hit Candice in the face with the weapon, before attempting to get into the till.

Candice, who lived in Lawford Road for 12 years but recently moved to Coventry, said: “I couldn’t believe it had happened. Everyone knows everyone in Rugby. Why would you do that to someone? I’m not sure if anything will happen but I hope the police catch him.”

The former Bilton School pupil, who has worked as a part time sales assistant at the shop since last year, was behind the counter at around 7.40pm when the man came into the shop.

Candice said: “A guy came in quite fast and held a weapon up to my face. He told me it was a stick up or a robbery or something like that. He then hit me in the eye with the weapon. I just bent down in the corner and just kept hoping that he wouldn’t hit me again.”

Candice continued: “He was trying to get into the till by couldn’t. Only my manager can open the till. He started touching the screen and then he tried to yank it open. But he couldn’t get it and he left.”

The man left the shop empty handed and police were called.

Candice said: “I just put my hand over my face. One of my eyes was shut. I lifted it open and it was all blurry. I couldn’t see anything. All I could think about was losing my sight.”

The attack caused significant bruising to Candice’s left eye but there is no permanent damage.

She said: “It’s starting to open now and I can see out of it. The weapon felt like a pole with a flat end. People are saying it was a gun but I’m not quite sure it was. You don’t realise how much you use both eyes. It didn’t hurt at the time because of the adrenalin but later at the hospital it really hurt. I felt nauseous, tired and had a pain under my skull.”

There were no customers in the shop at the time of the attempted robbery, which last just a few seconds according to Candice.

Candice said: “Nothing like that has ever happened in the 12 years that I lived there. I don’t know how I will feel when I got back. It will just depend on when I get there. I’m trying not to think about it. Everyone has been asking how I am. I haven’t really been out much. Everyday I think about what happened. I keep thinking about what I could have done to stop him.”

The man is described as white with a scarf covering the lower part of his face. He is thought to be in his 20s, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall and slim build. He was wearing a maroon coloured padded jacket with hood, dark trousers and a dark coloured glove on his left hand.

Witnesses or anyone with information can call DC Gareth Unett on (01926) 415000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.