Masked men raid quiet Co-op store

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ARMED raiders launched a terrifying attack on staff at the Co-op Food store in Harthill last Sunday night.

Three masked men burst into the shop, on Union Street, wielding a hammer and a knife and demanded staff empty the tills and safe.

The robbery happened at about 8.50pm on Sunday 11th September, when the shop was quiet.

A male member of staff was punched in the face during the attack, which left him sore and bruised.

“There were no serious injuries but staff have been left shaken and distressed by the experience,” said a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police.

The men threatened the scared shop workers who were forced to hand over £3,000 in cash and £1,000 worth of cigarettes, including Benson and Hedges and Richmond.

Police have now released a CCTV image of the car in which the men made their getaway.

It is thought to be a silver Vauxhall Vectra with a registration similar to KD06 CDE.

The men were seen getting into the car which was waiting outside the shop. A fourth man was driving.

The car sped off down Hard Lane towards Kiveton Park, before turning onto Wales Road.

Witnesses said it overtook several cars on the road while it was travelling at speed.

Police are asking anyone who saw the car, or has seen it since, to get in touch.

The usually tranquil village has been rocked by the attack, which is the second at the store in five years.

Another Union Street shopkeeper, who did not wish to be named, said it had shocked everyone.

“People have been talking about what happened and there are a lot of rumours going around,” he said.

“It is a horrible thing to happen in a small village like Harthill but I suppose that’s why they target quiet places.”

“They were probably casing the place out before hand to see what was the quietest time.”

A spokesman for Co-op Food said: “Thankfully the members of staff involved were not badly injured, but were very shaken.”

“We have passed CCTV footage to the police, who are investigating, and we would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.”

Police are urging anyone with information about the silver getaway car to contact Det Sgt Peter Hodgson on 0114 2202020 quoting reference C/87664/2011.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.