Police are continuing to investigate the links between three armed robberies in Norwich – and warned those thinking of carrying weapons “to think long and hard”.

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Reds convenience store in St Benedicts Street became the third in a fortnight to be held up at knifepoint on Sunday night, following similar incidents at shops in Aylsham Road in Mile Cross on July 9 and Silver Street north of Norwich on July 15.

The would-be robber left Reds empty-handed after workers sounded the alarm and he was chased out of the shop by a customer.

A police spokesman said links between the three incidents were being explored and officers were “keeping an open mind”.

He said: “Catching the perpetrators is a priority for Norwich police and we would urge shopkeepers to remain vigilant to any suspicious activity and ensure their existing security is well maintained.

“Serious violent crime is currently subject to a pro-active and wide-ranging crime prevention strategy across the county.

“We would urge anyone that is considering carrying a knife to think long and hard about the consequences.

“We will deal robustly with those who commit crimes using a knife and those who are caught in possession of knives.”

Anyone who has information about the robberies should contact Bethel Street CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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