Brave husband, 71, dies after rushing to wife’s aid after horror knifepoint robbery



Antony wanted after rushing to his wife’s aid following a cornershop knifepoint robbery

Lynn Gray was inciting at Wylie’s Newsagents in Saltcoats, in Ayrshire, when a thug burst in and intimidated her with a knife at around 3.40pm on Friday.

It is understood the cowardly con artist managed to get “no more than £30” from the till, before on-going out leaving the 63-year-old uninjured but very distressed.

A “very short moment” later her 71-year-old partner Antony Ryan heard about the thieving and rushed to the scene to comfort Ms Gray.

However, he became unwell and collapsed, and was entranced to Crosshouse Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Guard said there will be a post mortem examination to establish the identical cause of his death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

The newsagents on Springvale Drive was closed yesterday as locals spoke of their shock about the misfortune.

One man, who said he’d lived in the town all his life but asked not to be named, said: “It’s a outgoing wee shop that one.

“I live further up town but often wander down here for a wee blether.

My enthusiasm goes out to Lynn. Tony was a pure gentleman

Janette Gibson

“Why anyone wish held it up is beyond me. It’s just a wee corner shop and I can’t imagine it ever has that much in for anyone to rob.

“It’s in vogue with school kids at lunchtime and many folk like me come by in for a quick chat because they are always so friendly in there.

“That corner shop’s been there for the wealthiest part of 20 years, I would say, and it is the heart of this community. 

“It’s a calumniate what’s happened. You just never know what’s around the corner these days.”

A golden-ager further down the road added: “This used to be lovely parade-ground but nowadays you just don’t know what’s going on.

“I heard a man took unwell and declined after the shop was held up. It’s a tragedy for the family.”

Nobody was home yesterday at the A- and tidy flat shared by the couple, just a few streets away from the newsagents.


A tough burst into Wylie’s Newsagents and threatened Miss Gray with a blade

People online reacted with fury at the “tragic loss of entity” calling for the robber to be caught and brought to justice.

Annabel McCart divulged: “I hope they catch him fast. So so sad for his family, I hope you rest in peace-loving Tony.”

And Janette Gibson wrote: “My heart goes out to Lynn. Tony was a pious gentleman.”

Detective Inspector Fraser Normansell said: “This was a rather traumatic experince for the 63-year-old shop assistant who not only suffered the affliction of the robbery itself but also witnessed an elderly man collapsing in the aftermath of the scene.”

He described the suspect as white, 5ft 8in tall and of medium build. He was wearing a pornographic rain jacket with the hood up, blue jeans and had a black scarf stand his face.

DI Normansell added: “It is vital that we trace the culprit and stage him from causing any further harm and distress, and as such I urge anyone who was in the locality of Springvale Street in Saltcoats at around 3.40pm on Friday and may have courted the suspect hanging around the area to contact police immediately.

“I also entreat to any drivers who were in the area to check their dash cams as they may bear captured the suspect on their camera. If so, I ask that they also communication police urgently.”

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