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Image released after robbery at petrol station

Detectives are calling on the public’s help to identify a man in these CCTV images after two knife-point robberies at a petrol station in Carlton Road.

The first incident happened at the Shell Service Station on Friday 15 December at around 7.25 am. A suspect entered the business with his face covered and armed with a knife.

He threatened the member of staff and demanded cash, e-cigarettes and tobacco. He loaded the items into a black rucksack and left the scene.

In total, he stole £187 in cash and around £4,350 in tobacco, vapes and cigarettes.

No one was injured during the ordeal.

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The second incident happened at the same petrol station on New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31 December) just before 7.30 am.

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A suspect entered the business with his face covered brandishing a large knife. He threatened staff and forced them to hand over cash and a large amount of cigarettes.

In total he stole £300 in cash and around £6,000 in tobacco products.

No one was injured during this incident.

Detective Constable Anabelle Lee, who is investigating the incident, said:

“While no one was seriously injured during these two incidents, it has certainly terrified staff and left a very lasting impression on them. One female staff member was traumatised by this incident.

“No one should have to go to work in our city and be threatened with this level of violence and fear for their lives.

“We believe both of these incidents are connected and we are determined to catch the person responsible.

“This is very much an active investigation, and we are following a number of lines of inquiry including forensic opportunities.

“Today we are appealing for the public’s help by releasing CCTV images of a man that could help us with our inquiries.

“We understand that these images only show some of the man’s facial features but we are hoping that someone will recognise him.

“It is imperative that we find this man as soon as possible so we can further our investigation. Do you recognise the man in the images? Are you the man in the images? Please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 0118 of the 31 December 2023 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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