December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Police are hunting for a knife-wielding robber who held up staff at two Norwich shops within hours of each other.
Detectives have launched an investigation after the two knifepoint robberies in the city on Saturday.
The first armed robbery happened at about 12.45pm at Aldi in Plumstead Road. A man armed with a knife approached the tills and threatened a cashier before getting away with cash.
Police said he fled the store, running across Plumstead Road, before heading into a service road which leads to the Wild Stallion Dance Ranch.
No-one was hurt, but several members of staff were left shaken.
Police believe the suspect, described as white, slim, in his 30s and 5ft 6ins, spent time in and around the store before robbing it.
He was wearing a dark coloured base ball cap, dark top with a red top underneath which was visible around the neck and dark trousers.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw the robbery or noticed a man acting suspiciously in the area.
Police are also keen to trace people seen sitting in a silver Ford Mondeo, which was parked in the service road around the time of the crime.
Meanwhile, at 5.40pm a man entered Steve McDonald News in Witard Road, threatening the shop worker with a knife before stealing cash.
The shop worker was not injured but was left shaken.
The suspect was described as white, aged 35 to 40, slim and was wearing dark clothing, beige top and dark shorts.
Police are investigating links between the two crimes, but it is understood they believe the same man was responsible for both robberies.
They would like to hear from anyone with information which could help. Contact Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.