Staff threatened with knives in store raid

TWO men armed with knives stole cash from a Co-op store last night.

STAFF at a village supermarket were left shaken last night after two men burst into the store and threatened them with knives.

The raid took place just after 9.30pm in the Coop in Lavenham when the men, armed with kitchen style knives, stole a till drawer containing a quantity of cash.

They left the shop and made off towards Cockfield/Bury St Edmunds in a red Vauxhall Astra. Neither member of staff was injured.

A spokeswoman for The Co-operative said two of their staff members working in the store at the time had been threatened by the robbers.

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She said: “The staff members were shaken but unhurt and there were no customers in the store at the time. Police are investigating and as with all incidents of this nature, The Co-operative is reviewing its security arrangements at the store.”

Suffolk Police set up a cordon outside the store before carrying out inquiries and a search of the area.

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A police spokesman said scenes of crime officers (SOCO) had conducted a full examination of the area including trawling through CCTV images of the scene.

The men are described as white, about 5ft 10 tall and of slim build. They were wearing hooded tops with scarves across their faces.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who visited the store during the latter part of the evening. Anyone who discovers an abandoned till drawer is asked to preserve it for SOCO and contact police immediately so it can be recovered for examination.

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