Armed raiders strike in Witham

A WITHAM shop assistant was threatened by robbers and forced to hand over a large sum of cash.The robber entered FADS Homestyle shop on Newland Street at around 5.

A WITHAM shop assistant was threatened by robbers and forced to hand over a large sum of cash.

The robber entered FADS Homestyle shop on Newland Street at around 5.30pm on Wednesday . He verbally threatened a female member of staff and made off with cash - a four-figure sum - from the shop safe.

The FADS employee, in her fifties, described the offender as white and in his early to mid-twenties. He is approximately 5ft 8ins inches tall, of stocky build, light brown short hair, and a rounded face. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a blue zip-up jacket.

There was no weapon involved and no-one was hurt.


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The man escaped from the scene on foot although it is unclear which direction he took.

Local police, with help from the dog unit in Chelmsford, conducted a thorough search of the area but were unable to track the man.

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Police are encouraging anyone who was in the Newland Street and surrounding area between 5.15pm and 6.15pm to contact them on 01376 501212 with any information.

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