Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Charity shop worker hurt in robbery at Emmaus Hope store

11:08 26 January 2014

Police appeal after robbery at charity shop

Police appeal after robbery at charity shop

Archant

Detectives in Colchester are hunting two men who attacked a charity shop worker during a robbery.

The incident happened at the Emmaus Home Charity Shop in the High Street on Friday at 3.30pm.

The men entered the store and one of them then distracted a staff member while the other opened the till and stole around £180.

As the thieves tried to leave the shop the staff member tried to prevent them from escaping and she was hit and pushed to the floor. Acting Detective Sergeant Pete Coley, of Colchester CID, said: “These were clearly two desperate thieves who have targeted a charity.

“When fleeing with the money they have then not hesitated to assault the brave staff member who has tried to thwart their escape. Thankfully her injuries are minor.

“We are determined to find these men and get them arrested.

“We urgently need to hear from witnesses who were in the area of Colchester High Street that day who might have seen the thieves running from the scene.”

One man is described as white, approximately 5ft 5in tall, of stocky build with a chubby face. He was wearing a beige beanie hat with a navy blue or black line round the rim, a beige long sleeved polo shirt, blue jeans and dirty white trainers. He was also carrying a black carrier bag.

The other is white, approximately 5ft 2in tall, of thin build, with dark hair that came over his ears. He was wearing a blue knitted jumper, blue jeans and black trainers.

Witnesses should contact Det Sgt Coley or DC Emma Jones at Colchester CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

The Red Lion Hotel, High Street, Colchester, Essex.

A well-known hotel in the heart of Colchester has joined a range of other outlets in the town to be given just one star for food hygiene.

Chantry Academy has started a campaign called Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) where the whole school (including staff) drop what they are doing and pick up a book for 10 minutes to read. Pictured is Alisha Reid.

A new project which aims to highlight the importance of reading is proving a page turner in the latest chapter of one Ipswich school’s story, as youngsters and staff alike are encouraged to ‘drop everything and read’.

Morrisons Petrol Station at Sproughton, Ipswich

Motorists in Suffolk and Essex who use Morrisons petrol stations may find the pumps run dry next month if a dispute over a driver’s pay leads to industrial action.

The Brewery Tap in Cliff Lane, Ipswich

The Brewery Tap in Cliff Lane is the only food outlet in Ipswich to receive zero stars out of five following a visit by food hygiene inspectors.

Rick Parfitt of Status Quo performing during the 2009 Glastonbury Festival. Credit : Yui Mok/PA Wire

The funeral of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt who played regular in Ipswich will take place this afternoon following his death on Christmas Eve.

Friends at St Benedicts Upper School in Bury St Edmunds celebrate on GCSE results day 2016

Staff at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds hailed its first Progress 8 ranking as it topped the Suffolk rankings.

As part of the new franchise agreement towns on the east Suffolk line will regain a direct service to London Liverpool Street.

Sizewell C could be the “catalyst” to improvements on the East Suffolk railway line, the rail minister has said.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24