Masked gunmen raid store

ARMED robbers wearing masks assaulted a shop assistant and stole more than �1000 from a Chelmsford store.

Police are now appealing for information following the armed robbery at the Chelmsford Star Co-op in Barnard Road on Sunday morning.

Two masked and hooded men entered the store as it was being opened up by a shop assistant at about 6am.

The men, one of whom was armed with a hand gun, forced the 30-year-old male shop assistant into the back room.

He was assaulted and made to open the safe and a substantial (four-figure) sum of cash was stolen.

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The shop assistant was taken to hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

It is not know if the men were on foot or had a vehicle parked nearby.

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Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen two men in the vicinity of the Co-op at about 6am on Sunday morning or saw anything suspicious to contact Chelmsford CID on 0800 333 4444.

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