Staff were left shaken after being threatened by what is thought to have been a screwdriver during an early morning raid on a village store.

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Scenes-of-crime officers were at the Co-op in Laxfield, near Framlingham, this morning following a robbery.

The shop front remained cordoned off for some time while police carried out enquiries and conducted searches. The drama unfolded around 6.15am – shortly after the store had opened. Three members of staff are believed to have been on duty at the time but there were no customers in the shop.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said two men pulled up outside the store in a black VW Golf.

“They entered and threatened a staff member with, what is believed to be, a screwdriver,” she continued. “The men demanded to know where the safe was and after entering an office took money from a safe.”

The offenders fled with the cash and left in the VW Golf in the direction of Stradbroke.

A vehicle, thought to be the one used by the men, was later found abandoned in Rushbrooke, near Bury St Edmunds. The offenders are described as white, of stocky build with very short hair.

The store in Laxfield is owned by the Co-operative Group (and not the East of England Co-operative Society). A spokeswoman said they were not able to say how much cash was stolen. But she added: “The members of staff involved were not injured, but were very shaken.

“The store was temporarily closed but is now trading as usual.

“CCTV footage has been given to the police who are investigating and, as with any incident such as this, we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

Contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you think you can help.

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