Six arrested after raid at garage

SIX men have been arrested in connection with a petrol station robbery in which a cashier was threatened with a claw hammer.The men, aged between 16 and 22 and all from the Bury St Edmunds area, were arrested yesterday by Suffolk police.

SIX men have been arrested in connection with a petrol station robbery in which a cashier was threatened with a claw hammer.

The men, aged between 16 and 22 and all from the Bury St Edmunds area, were arrested yesterday by Suffolk police.

The robbery happened at the Tollgate Service Station in Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds, at about 5am on May 7.

A man wearing a balaclava burst into the service station shop and threatened the cashier with a hammer. After handing over cash, the worker was ordered into a back room while the robber fled through a fire exit.

Bob Reeves, who runs the petrol station with his partner Jennifer Sturgess, said it had been "a very frightening incident".

The incident at the garage – which was previously targeted by a man who doused shelves in petrol and threatened to set them alight – sparked a major police investigation and an appeal to the public for information.

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The six men arrested in connection with the robbery have all been released on police bail until Thursday.