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Armed robbery at First Choice travel shop in Tonbridge

Police image - First Choice robbery
Police image - First Choice robbery

Police investigating an armed robbery at a travel agents have released this image of a man they would like to speak to.

A robber wearing a red wig and armed with what appeared to be a handgun struck at the First Choice Travel Shop in Tonbridge High Street yesterday (Saturday) at 9.12am.

The female manager was verbally and physically threatened by a man wearing the shoulder-length wig, make-up and dark glasses. Police said he was carrying what appeared to be a handgun.

Four members of staff and four customers were in the shop at the time of the incident.

The man escaped with a quantity of cash and was seen running towards a supermarket via Angel Walk and Angel Lane. Police believe he may have had a getaway car waiting for him.

The man is described as being in his 50s, of athletic build, about 5ft 8in tall and was wearing a grey or white hoodie, black jeans, a dark jacket and gloves. He spoke with a local accent.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the robbery.

They are also appealing to any costume and fancy dress shop owners who may have recently sold a distinctive red wig.

If anyone has any information that may help police, please contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 0479. Alternatively, contact Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.

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