POLICE are reassuring the public following another robbery – this time in Leamington.
A hammer-wielding white man – wearing a face covering and approximately 5ft 7ins tall, with a medium to stocky build – entered McColl’s on Stanley Court around 9.45am on Tuesday evening
He threatened staff and demanded money.
No-one was injured and he fled the store empty-handed.
He then entered the premises next door, Sydenham Balti and Pizza, and again demanded money, threatening staff with the hammer, and again made off empty handed. A member of staff was treated for minor injuries to his arm.
The police helicopter was quickly on the scene.
The attempted robberies come after four similar incidents reported between Sunday and Tuesday of this week – two in Kenilworth, one in Stratford and another in Southam.
Police are urging witnesses, or anybody who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, to come forward.
Det Insp 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org 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.