Gun-wielding robber ties up young woman

A TERRIFIED young woman working at an Essex hotel was held up at gunpoint and forced to empty a safe before the robber tied her up.The 22-year-old was on duty at the Travel Lodge in London Road, Feering, when she let the man in at 4am yesterday.

By Annie Davidson

A TERRIFIED young woman working at an Essex hotel was held up at gunpoint and forced to empty a safe before the robber tied her up.

The 22-year-old was on duty at the Travel Lodge in London Road, Feering, when she let the man in at 4am yesterday.

He threatened her with a black handgun and forced her to open the safe.


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She handed over between £100 and £150 and was then forced into a store room where she was trussed up before the robber made his getaway.

Police said she was physically unhurt but was “highly traumatised” by her ordeal.

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Sarah Lynch, manager of the Travel Lodge, said: “We are doing everything possible to prevent anything like this happening again.”

A spokeswoman for Travel Lodge confirmed that an incident had taken place and said: “We are working with the police on the investigation.

“The staff are fine, no-one was hurt.”

The robbery was one of three in Essex and Kent which police believe could be linked.

The first happened at a Holiday Inn on the A2 in Canterbury, Kent, at 11.45pm on Monday.

A man threatened a male member of staff with a handgun before forcing him to hand over £150 from the safe.

Then at 4.40am yesterday, a gunman went into the BP Safeway store at Cranfield Park Road, Wickford.

He threatened a female member of staff with a handgun and grabbed the contents of the till.

Police believe he may have driven away in a grey M registration Volvo salon.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Southend Road, Wickford, soon after the robbery.

It had accident damage and it is believed it may have been in a collision as the robber fled the scene.

He is described as black, between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 10ins tall, with a slim build, wearing a black hooded top with a white rim, dark trousers and carrying a zipped black bag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Braintree police on 01376 551312 or Basildon police on 01268 532212.

annie.davidson@eadt.co.uk

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