The owner of a cafe in Falmouth who was robbed at knifepoint has spoken more about her gratitude to the local community that has rallied behind her.

From offers of CCTV to personal security alarms, Fiona Crump said she had been left "overwhelmed" by the response since a masked man threatened her with a knife and stole cash as she was opening up Castle Beach Cafe for the day.

Police were called to the cafe on Cliff Road at around 8am on Monday, June 28. They later launched a witness appeal for anyone who had seen a man in his early 20s, around 5ft10in tall and wearing a black hooded top, a black face mask and blue jeans, in the area at the time.

Having had time to reflect on what happened, Fiona has written an open message to the people of Falmouth on the cafe's Facebook page, with the initial shock of the incident now gone.

Fearing she had "not acted as graciously" as she could, she said: "Thank you to each and every one of you for your kindness. It flustered me at times but I really did appreciate it.

"Thank you to those people – you know who you are – who looked out for me in the days following the robbery; the ones who just 'happened' to be sitting at the tables or walking their dogs as I arrived for work. I saw you and appreciated your presence.

"Thank you to those who decided to help me replace the lost money and improve security by starting a Go Fund Me page. I do hope my initial embarrassed response did not offend you in any way and I am hugely grateful to you and to everyone who contributed. The money will be put to very good use.


"Thank you to the businesses who offered incredible support – especially Wayne Kevern at Kernow Fire and Electrical for the offer of free CCTV cameras and Jim Chapman at Walden Security for the offer of a free personal alarm system. I am still overwhelmed by your generosity."

She finished with thanks for her "amazing staff" and "equally amazing husband".

"I feel privileged to be a part of this fantastic community – you are all rather wonderful," she added.

The online fundraising page has raised £670 in the two weeks after the robbery.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said at the time: "Police were called to Castle Beach Café on Cliff Road at around 8am with a report that a man threatened a woman with a knife, demanding money.

"Police enquiries to locate the suspect are continuing."

Anyone who may have information to help the police investigation can still contact police by calling 101 or emailing quoting crime reference CR/053632/21.