December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A man made off with a “small amount” of cash after he robbed a Thetford garage at knifepoint last night.
Police said the man threatened staff at the Nuns’ Bridge Filling Station, on Bury Road, at 8.25pm, but that no one was injured.
The same petrol station made national news earlier this year when a policewoman who was called to investigate a burglary there in August 2012 threatened to sue the garage owner after she injured herself in a fall.
The assailant who targeted the garage last night was described as wearing dark clothing and carrying a blue carrier bag.
He is believed to have made off on foot, although the direction he went is not known.
Police officers remained at the scene in the hours following the attack, taking statements from members of staff.
The previous controversy was sparked when PC Kelly Jones made a claim against garage owner Steve Jones. He received a letter on March 26 informing him of the action, with PC Jones saying he had failed to ensure she was “reasonably safe”.
The claim said the area was not sufficiently lit and that Mr Jones had made no attempt to warn PC Jones about a kerb.
PC Jones was criticised by MPs, her own chief constable, Phil Gormley, and Norfolk police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett – but was backed by the Police Federation.
Reports at the time said she could claim up to £50,000 from the case, but she dropped the case last month following the media storm.
Anyone with any information about yesterday’s robbery is asked to phone police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.