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Robbers net £3,000 in store hold-up

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A MAN was threatened at gunpoint and left tied up in a store in Canterbury during a robbery.

Two men, one armed with what is thought to be a handgun and the other with a knife, approached a male member of staff as he was locking up the Halfords store in Ten Perch Road, Wincheap, at about 8.10pm last night.

The offenders, who were both wearing scarves over their faces, threatened the staff member and forced him back into the store to open the safe. They made off in the victim's red Volkswagen Passat with more than £3,000 in cash, leaving him tied up in the store.

Det Sgt David Chewter said: "The employee was extremely shaken but unharmed by his ordeal. This robbery took place close to a supermarket and we are hoping shoppers will have seen the robbers and be able to provide valuable information to help our investigation."

Police tracker dogs were used to search for the two men, although without success, after the car was found abandoned in Hollow Lane, Wincheap.

Witnesses who may have seen the incident on the Wincheap Industrial Estate or saw the offenders making off from the dumped car are being asked to contact Canterbury police on 01227 762055.

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