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Cash stolen during knifepoint robbery

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two men brandishing kitchen knives robbed a convenience store.

A staff member at Yates Convenience Store in Union Road, Newhall, said the robbers stole the day’s takings and cigarettes after threatening a male shop worker with seven-inch blades.

The crooks slashed wires leading from a CCTV camera in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, the staff member told the Mail.

He said: “The lad who was working at the time is pretty shaken up. We have never been robbed before so it’s been a shock to us all.

“It really makes you think about security. There are so many shops around here and we are just wondering why we were singled out.”

The shop worker, who asked not to be named, added: “We all feel really angry about what has happened.”

The robbery happened at 8.30pm on Sunday. Two men entered the shop and approached a male member of staff working behind the counter. The employee quickly noticed that the two men were brandishing knives. They both demanded cash from the tills.

One of the men opened the till and took the money and the other stole cigarettes from the display cabinet.

Police are now appealing for information and any witnesses who may have seen the events unfold to get in touch.

A Derbyshire Police said: “One male member of staff was working behind the counter of the shop when he saw two men come in.

“He noticed they were each carrying knives. They demanded cash from the tills. One of them opened the tills and took the cash.

“The other man took cigarettes from the display cabinet and then they both left.”

Yesterday police officers were still at the scene to gather evidence, but the shop remained open as normal.

Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire Police by dialling 101.

• THREE men, aged 35, 33 and 24, have all been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the offence and are currently helping police with their enquiries.

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