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Detectives investigate an armed robbery in Lowestoft

October 16, 2014, 12:26 pm

Detectives in Lowestoft are investigating an armed robbery in the town last night and appealing for witnesses.

At approximately 8.25pm, Wednesday 15 October, a woman entered the bookmakers on London Road North, Lowestoft.

The woman asked a staff member a question about a gaming machine. The male staff member left the counter and walked over to the woman to assist her. As he approached her she pulled out a large knife and pointed it at him.

The man ran from her and the woman chased after him, the man fell to the floor and the woman assaulted him with the knife causing a deep laceration to his face.

Two customers who had been in the bookmakers left the shop and one made an attempt to call the police.

A man, who had been standing outside the shop at the time, snatched the mobile from him, stopping him from making the call.

The woman inside the shop grabbed a small quantity of cash from the counter and made off.

The woman and man who had been standing outside the shop ran from the scene in the direction of Clapham Road South.

The member of staff from the shop was initially taken to the James Paget Hospital but later transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

Police immediately attended the area and carried out extensive searches but were unable to trace the man and woman.

The woman is described as white, of large build, short in stature wearing a beige baseball cap, dark coloured hooded top, jeans and trainers.

The man is described as being of oriental appearance in his mid 20s, wearing dark clothing.

Enquires are continuing today and police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw these two people either prior to, or after the robbery took place, or from anyone who may recognise them from their descriptions.

Calls should be made to Lowestoft CID on 101 quoting LO/14/5316 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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