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UPDATED: Appeal for witnesses following armed robbery - Leamington

We are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Leamington this evening (Saturday, 30 March).

Updates in bold.

The incident happened at around 9.15pm at the McColls shop and post office on Stanley Court in Sydenham.

A man, believed to be in possession of a bladed article and a claw hammer, entered the store and threatened staff.

The man broke into the till and stole a sum of money, before fleeing the scene in a car, believed to be a purple Ford Fiesta, in the direction of the Sydenham estate. 

The man is described as between 5'6" and 5'8" tall and of stocky build. He is believed to have been wearing a dark jacket with the hood up, medium grey tracksuit bottoms, light coloured trainers, white gloves, a black balaclava covering his face, and carrying a drawstring shoulder bag with neon green strings.

Detective Constable Sara Skinner from Warwickshire Police said: "Thankfully nobody was injured during this incident, but the staff were understandably left shaken.

"We would therefore like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, seen the offender leaving the scene or who may have seen a purple Ford Fiesta in the area around the time of the incident. 

"We would particularly like to speak to two people who we believe may have been in the shop at the time of the incident as they may have vital information that could assist us with our investigation.

"We would also like to speak to two people we believe were parked close to the shop in a black Audi as they too could help us with our enquiries.

"Anyone with any information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 390 of 30 March."

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Updated: 11.50am, Sunday, 31 March by LK, Corporate Communications

Issued: 11.45pm, Saturday, 30 March by LK, Corporate Communications

Published 30/03/19