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Police appealing for information following robbery on Stanley Court in Sydenham, Leamington.

Police are appealing for further information following a number of robberies across South Warwickshire.

Police were called at 9:42pm yesterday (Tuesday, 16 May) to a report of a robbery at McColl's on Stanley Court in Sydenham, Leamington.

A white man wearing a face covering and approximately 5ft 7ins tall, with a medium to stocky build, entered the shop demanding money from staff, threatening them with a hammer. No-one was injured and he left the store empty-handed.

He then entered the premises next door, Sydenham Balti and Pizza, at approximately 9:45pm. The offender again demanded money, threatening staff with the hammer, and made off after being unsuccessful. A member of staff was treated for minor injuries to his arm.

The attempted robberies come after four similar incidents reported between Sunday and Tuesday of this week (see article). Police are urging witnesses of the incidents, or anybody who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, to come forward.

Detective Inspector Tim Sharp said, "We appreciate that these incidents will appear alarming, but we want to reassure the local community that a robust investigation is well underway. We are currently exploring several lines of enquiry, but would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

"Any information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, could prove crucial to this investigation. Please contact police on 101 quoting incident 400 of 16 May."

If you want to give information but don't want to give your name, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won't be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.



Published 17/05/17