Hatfield newsagent raided by robbers with ‘DIY tool’

PUBLISHED: 12:01 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 January 2017

Martin's newsagent in High View, Hatfield.

Martin's newsagent in High View, Hatfield.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Police investigating an armed robbery in Hatfield are appealing for information and witnesses.

The raid happened at around 6am on Saturday, December 31, at Martin’s newsagent in High View.

A police spokeswoman said: “As a member of staff was opening the store, two offenders approached him and ordered him to lie on the floor.

“One was holding a hand tool, although no threats were made.

“Hundreds of pounds were taken from a till and a safe before the two men ran out of the back of the shop.”

She added it is unclear exactly what the weapon was, but officers believe it was some kind of “DIY tool”.

The suspects are described as men aged between 20 and 25 years old who were of medium build, 5ft 10in tall and spoke with Irish accents.

Detective Constable Beverley Larman, from the Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said: “Fortunately the victim was not injured during the incident, but was understandably shaken.

“This appears to be an isolated incident and while armed robberies are unusual in Hertfordshire, officers from the Local Crime Unit are doing everything they can to trace the people responsible.”

Anyone who saw the offenders prior to the incident or running from the scene afterwards should call the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number B2/16/5599.

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