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Police appeal for witnesses after a man threatens staff at Hopton shop with a knife and steals cash

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Cash has been stolen from a convenience shop in Hotpon after a man threatened staff with a knife.

Police news. (4236296)
Police news. (4236296)

At about 6.55pm on Friday, September 14, the man entered the shop in Thelnetham Road demanding money from the till.

A quantity of cash was handed over and the offender then left.

Although the victim was left shaken, they were otherwise unharmed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to this robbery.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 19 and 20 years-old, around 5ft 6in tall, of slim build and with short, fair-coloured hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up.

Detectives would also like to trace a male seen standing in the bus stop near to the shop just prior to the offence occurring.

They are also appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a male who was taking photographs outside the shop entrance, between 4.30pm and 5pm on Wednesday, September 12. He is described as being all dressed in grey and on a bicycle.

Anyone who drove through the village at these times and has a dash cam fitted in their vehicle are also asked to contact the police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101 quoting reference 52858/18. Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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