Hunt on for armed robber who raided Norwich fast food restaurant

An armed robbery took place at Subway in Magdalen Street. Pictures David Bale An armed robbery took place at Subway in Magdalen Street. Pictures David Bale

Thursday, December 12, 2013
5:45 PM

Police are today scouring CCTV footage in a bid to trace an armed robber who raided a busy fast food restaurant near Anglia Square in the north of the city.

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A man entered Subway, in Magdalen Street, at about 6.30pm on Wednesday and approached the counter demanding money.

He threatened the person behind the counter and told him he had a gun, although no weapon was seen.

He then handed the staff member a blue plastic bag which was filled with a quantity of cash from the till.

The robber then made his escape, running out of the shop into Magdalen Road and heading away from the city.

The manager of the restaurant, who did not wish to be named, said: “I was not working at the time, but the person who was behind the counter said a man came in and had his face covered, with a scarf pulled up under his eyes. He was also wearing a hat.

“The man walked up to the counter, put his hand in his pocket, and pulled out a note, a piece of paper.

“I think the note said something along the lines of ‘I’ve got a gun - if you don’t give me the money, I will shoot you’.

“He then put his hand back in his pocket and gave the staff member a blue bag to put the money in.

“One customer was in the restaurant at the time sitting at one of the tables. Immediately afterwards, I told staff to close the restaurant, even though we are normally open until 8pm.”

The suspect was white, aged about 35, of thin build with dark eyebrows and was wearing beige trousers, a dark brown jacket, and a dark beanie hat which had a stripe on it.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Knights, from Norwich CID, said: “Thankfully no one was injured during the incident but staff were understandably left shaken by what was clearly a frightening experience.

“The suspect alleged he had a gun however no weapon was used during the incident or seen by the victim or witnesses.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area prior to the incident or someone running away from the scene.”

Witnesses should contact Det Sgt Knights at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police are especially keen to trace the customer at the restaurant at the time.

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