Armed police in Lakenheath after pharmacy staff threatened with knife

Police in Lakenheath after the incident

Police in Lakenheath after the incident - Credit: Staff photographer

Armed police have been deployed to Lakenheath following an attempted robbery at knifepoint at a High Street pharmacy.

Police on Lakenheath High Street after an armed robbery on Lakenheath Pharmacy.

Police on Lakenheath High Street after an armed robbery on Lakenheath Pharmacy. - Credit: Staff photographer

Suffolk police were called to Lakenheath Pharmacy, High Street, at 3.20pm following reports that a person had entered the shop, brandished a knife and demanded cash from staff.

There is a heavy police presence as officers search for the suspect.

A spokesman for police said: “We had reports of someone going into a premise in the high street holding a knife and taking some money out of the till. No one was hurt.

“We have still got several police units in Lakenheath searching for the suspect.

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“We have got some armed police there because that’s the standard response if there’s any weapon.”

A manager at a nearby business, who did not leave their name, said: “I am a little bit worried because I work on my own.

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“It’s Lakenheath, it’s a sleepy place really.”

Another business owner, who also asked not to be named, said: “As far as I know there has been an armed robbery. They are not saying much, apart from stay in youe buildings and stay safe.

“There’s lots of police with guns and dogs.

“For me, as a small business owner and being female...I’m stepping up my security measures.

“People are speculating saying they are after the drugs with them being a chemist.

“One can never be too careful.”

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