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Cash stolen in petrol station knife-point robbery

PUBLISHED: 16:47 02 April 2020 | UPDATED: 08:50 03 April 2020

The Esso petrol station in Combs Ford was cordoned off after the incident. Picture: ARCHANT

The Esso petrol station in Combs Ford was cordoned off after the incident. Picture: ARCHANT

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A petrol station in Stowmarket was held up at knifepoint, the latest in a spate of armed robberies in Suffolk in the last 10 days.

A quantity of beer and wine was stolen from an Esso garage in Combs Ford, Stowmarket, and police want to identify these men.  Picture: SUFFOLK POLICEA quantity of beer and wine was stolen from an Esso garage in Combs Ford, Stowmarket, and police want to identify these men. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

The robbery took place around 6am today, Thursday April 2, in the Hursts shop of the Esso service station in Combs Ford.

Police incident tape and traffic cones could be seen sealing off the forecourt to vehicles this morning as well as over the door to the shop.

Suffolk police said a man had approached the counter of the shop and pointed a knife at a member of staff.

He demanded they empty the till and an amount of cash was handed over to the offender.

He then left and walked off onto Ipswich Road towards Stowmarket town centre.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 6ft, of slim build and with blue eyes.

He wore a red baseball cap, a bandana, a grey hooded top and was carrying a backpack.

The incident is the second there in a week. On Tuesday March 24, three men entered the shop at 8.30pm and took a selection of beer and wine before leaving without paying.

Police have now issued CCTV footage of the men in an attempt to identify them.

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Detective Inspector Matt Adams of Suffolk Constabulary said: “Unfortunately there have now been a number of similar robberies to this one over the past 10 days across the county and we understand this will be causing concern for employees and business owners alike.

“I would like to reassure all those people affected that we are working extremely hard to detect who is responsible for these offences, with our teams gathering forensic evidence and pursuing a number of leads which have resulted in us making several arrests.

“Officers are actively patrolling throughout communities in Suffolk, and we are determined to do everything we can to protect the public, key workers and businesses.”

Anyone with information about the Combs Ford robbery or who may have seen the man in the area between 5.30am and 6.30am this morning, or anyone who may have captured dashcam footage is asked to contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station, quoting reference: 19241/20.


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