Rob­ber threat­ened em­ployee with gun

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Mike Ben­nett

A SHOP worker faced a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal on Tues­day at the hands of a rob­ber thought to be armed with a gun.

The man en­tered the Cur­rys store on the War­ren Re­tail Park, Ash­ford, as it was be­ing opened at 7.30am.

He told the male staff mem­ber he had a gun and that if he com­plied with re­quests he would not get hurt.

The raider then took a large quan­tity of cash and fled via the front exit, car­ry­ing the cash in a Sains­bury’s bag.

The man de­tec­tives are hunt­ing is white, just un­der six feet, aged about 40, and had sil­ver coloured glasses.

He was wear­ing a black mac with a hood, beige gloves and dark shoes.

Det Sgt Andy Chap­man, who is lead­ing the hunt, said: “I would like to speak to any­one who was in the vicin­ity at about 7.30am on Tues­day and saw any­thing out of the or­di­nary.”

He can be con­tacted on 01233 896283.

Shocked staff at the store were re­main­ing silent about the in­ci­dent this week, refer­ing all in­quiries to head of­fice in Hemel Henpstead.

Com­pany spokesman Mark Webb re­leased a state­ment say­ing: “There was an in­ci­dent early this morn­ing in which a sum of money was taken.

“For­tu­nately the em­ployee who was threat­ened is un­harmed though ob­vi­ously shaken and we are help­ing po­lice with their en­quiries and have a num­ber of high se­cu­rity sys­tems which we are con­fi­dent will help shed some light on the in­ci­dent.”

Left, an e-fit of the sus­pect and the Cur­rys store where the rob­bery took place

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