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Moment store worker tackles knifewoman; HE THREW DISPLAY AT WOULD-BE ROBBER BEFORE CHASING HER OFF.

Byline: JEZ HEMMING Daily Post Reporter jez.hemming@reachplc.com

THIS is the moment a brave shop worker rushed at a knife-wielding mum intent on stealing cash from his employer.

Kayleigh Doughty, 29, of Wrexham, was jailed for three years and four months on Tuesday for two robbery attempts in her home town, during which she carried an eight-inch knife and wore tights over her face.

On March 19 last year, she made a taxi wait for her while she ran to the Hungry Inn takeaway on Prince Charles Road in Caia Park and demanded cash.

She left empty-handed before entering the Co Op store around the corner.

There she was met by shop worker Robert Jones, who wasn't even supposed to be working in the store on that particular night.

As she brandished the knife and shouted, "where's the till, give me the f***ing money", Mr Jones fought back.

The video shows him throwing a display at Doughty, before wrestling her and chasing her out of the store as staff and customers looked on.

Prosecutor Anthony Williams told Mold Crown Court that Mr Jones could "feel the knife being moved in a stabbing motion" as he fought with the would-be robber.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Jones said: "Since the incident, I am more jumpy and I have found myself looking over my shoulder.

"On the night it happened, I should have been working at a different store. I've had many sleepless nights. I used to walk home but now I get a taxi. It has made me feel on edge.

"I do feel like I need to talk to somebody about what happened."

At the Hungry Inn takeaway, Doughty brandished the knife at staff member Fengxin Chen before shouting: "F***ing open the till and give me the money."

To " CCTV footage showed Miss Chen's family members coming out of the kitchen to challenge Doughty.

In her victim impact statement, Miss Chen said: "For two weeks after, I had bad dreams and would wake up in the night. I dreamt about someone trying to cut me."

She added she was now scared when she saw someone with a hood or scarf come into the shop at night.

Doughty was arrested the following day after trying to steal a handbag from a premises at the Eagle's Meadow shopping centre in the town. After her arrest, she also tested positive for cocaine.

Mark Shanks, defending Doughty, said she had had a difficult upbringing and the incidents were "totally out of character".

watch the full CCTV video visit northwales-live.co.uk Sentencing Doughty, Judge Niclas Parry said she had affected her victims "psychologically" but there was "strong mitigation".

He said: "You acted out of character. Matters beyond your control made you go off the rails. The sentence for each charge to run concurrently is three years and four months."

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