News

Masked bandit pulls machete in South Golden Beach hold up

HIGH ALERT: The Shop South Golden Beach owner Donna Shannon was confronted by a machete-wielding would-be robber on Wednesday night.
HIGH ALERT: The Shop South Golden Beach owner Donna Shannon was confronted by a machete-wielding would-be robber on Wednesday night. Rodney Stevens

WHEN Donna Shannon realised a man had jumped on the counter of The Shop, she thought it was a practical joke by a local -until she saw the machete.

It just before 7.30pm, on a quiet night, and Ms Shannon said pizza chef Olivier Laraive was packing up, when they noticed a balaclava-clad, machete-wielding bandit demanding cash.

"All of a sudden this guy has come in, we didn't even see him, then we saw he was on our counter wielding a machete saying 'give us the f***ing money'," she said.

"At first we thought it was a joke, until he started swinging the machete at us and I screamed 'Dennis' and ran out of the shop."

Unaware of the incident , Ms Shannon's partner Dennis Lees was refilling the drink fridge when he heard the scream.

"It was just an instant reaction when I knew someone was there and I purely went into defence mode," Mr Lees said.

"You don't have time to think when someone is wielding a machete around. I didn't have time to be scared."

Mr Lees, 67, grabbed a table and fought off the man, sustaining a cut to his arm.

The man, who was wearing a blue hooded spray jacket, black balaclava and jeans fled the store empty handed, and was spotted by a customer getting into a small, older-model white station wagon driven by another person.

The car was last seen heading south toward New Brighton.

Taking over The Shop and adjoining residence on December 13 last year, Ms Shannon said this was the first robbery there in 10 years.

Tweed Byron police Crime Manager Brendan Cullen said detectives and crime scene officers scoured the scene for evidence last night.

"The offender is described as being in his mid 30s, of skinny build, and was last seen wearing a blue hooded spray jacket," he said.

Insp Cullen said police did not believe the robbery was linked to other crimes in the area.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  armed holdup crime machete police



Firies to fight 500-hectare bushfire with fire

Aerial shots of the bushfire south of Evans Head.

Helicopter was called as blaze threatened to break containment lines

50,000 teachers to strike over salary deal

Parents encouraged to find alternative care for students

Killer nurse stole our grandmother and our happiness

MURDERER: Former nurse Megan Jean Haines killed two residents at a Ballina nursing home.

Family of murdered nursing home residents tell of shattered lives

Local Partners

New album will awaken the love at Falls Festival

STAR: Donald McKinley Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, DJ and musician.

It has been described as 'R&B meets Pink Floyd'

Rogue One keeps Star Wars excitement alive

Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

GEORGE Lucas spin-off to hold fans over until Episode VIII.

OPINION: Local gems keep the Dolphins alive

Lismore band Dominiques performing at the 25th NCEIA Dolphin Awards 2016 in Ballina.

Music awards celebrated 25 years

Rescue of North Coast fisherman on TV program tonight

Images from the rescue footage that will be televised as part of Air Rescue tonight. Photo from Channel 7.

North Coast ocean rescue to feature on TV tonight

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

Coldplay bathes Brisbane fans in sea of colour

Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, performs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Coldplay are in Australia for a five-show tour. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Frontman Chris Martin drapes himself in Australian flag

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!