Armed robber ties up women at knifepoint

POLICE are hunting an armed robber who held two female staff at knifepoint at WH Smith's in North Street, Sudbury.

POLICE are hunting an armed robber who held two female staff at knifepoint today at WH Smith's in North Street, Sudbury.

Police were contacted just before 7am by a member of staff who reported that a man with a knife had entered the shop via a back door around 6.40am.

He threatened the two female members of staff at the premises, tied them up and then stole a quantity of cash from one of the women's purses.

Both women were left shaken but unhurt.

They were checked by ambulance personnel at the scene. No money was taken from the till.

The offender is described as white, around 5ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall, of slight build, and was wearing a black wool balaclava, black bomber type jacket, black gloves, black trousers and dark footwear.

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Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area around 6am to 7am who may have seen anything suspicious or anyone with information about the male involved.

If you can help telephone Detective Constable Tim Wheatley at Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555111.

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