Delivery driver in Torquay knifepoint robbery
A DELIVERY driver has been held up in a knifepoint robbery in Torquay.
The driver for the Krates late-night delivery firm has told how he was pushed to the floor and held at knifepoint with the blade being waved inches from his neck and face in the attack in Studley Road.
Now bosses at Krates are offering a £500 reward to help police catch the robber.
The driver said: "I was just absolutely shocked," said the father of three, who does not want to be named.
"He was pointing it towards my neck and making a stabbing movement.
"I tried to push myself backwards away from him and said 'If you want it, take it.'
"I don't know if he was drunk or high but a couple of times the knife went an inch from my neck. I was just doing my job. I wasn't going to die for £59.98 worth of drink."
Detectives have confirmed they are investigating the robbery outside a house in Plainmoor at 3.30am on Sunday.
A police spokesman said: "The late-night delivery driver took an order. A man came out of the address, pulled out a knife with his right hand and threatened the delivery man before taking a bottle of vodka, bottle of Jack Daniels, three bottles of coke and a packet of cigarettes."
It is understood the robber went back into the address but may have left by a rear door.
The attacker is said to be a man in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall.
Richard Abbotts, licensee of Krates, said: "Thankfully our delivery driver was unharmed. This is obviously the act of a desperate and pathetic individual, who has taken a massive risk for a very small amount of money.
"We are posting a £500 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of this person."
Anybody with information is asked to contact Det Sgt Andy Penhaligon on 101 quoting FT/12/6871b.