Detectives hunt gang's getaway cars

Detectives investigating the armed robbery at the McDonald's restaurant in Swaffham on Boxing Day tonight issued new information about two getaway cars.

Detectives investigating the armed robbery at the McDonald's restaurant in Swaffham on Boxing Day tonight issued new information about two getaway cars.

Terrified staff at the Norwich Road fast food restaurant were forced to hand over in excess of £2,000 after being threatened by three masked men at 8.30pm on Tuesday.

The robbers are believed to have used a stolen 'C' Class Mercedes car, which is described by witnesses as being silver in colour but extremely dirty, to get away.

It is possible this vehicle was displaying the false number plates 'K30 SPD' at the time. It was found later the same evening after it had been completely destroyed by fire in the nearby village of North Pickenham.

The other vehicle involved in the inquiry is a red Ford Focus car, with the possible first digits of its registration being 'EO 03' or similar, which may have also been used by the offenders to flee this scene.

It is possible that both of these vehicles may have spent sometime in the vicinity earlier in the day and anyone who saw either of them is asked to contact the police.

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Detectives also spent some time analysing CCTV footage yesterday from the restaurant and the neighbouring BP petrol station which revealed that one of the gang of three who stole cash from terrified staff was brandishing a sawn-off shotgun.

But while were able to confirm the other weapons used were a large metal wrench and a baseball bat they were unable to ascertain any more details about the identity of the men involved.

Det Sgt Jason Davis, of Dereham CID, said: “Their faces were completely concealed by balaclavas and they were wearing gloves. They only spoke very briefly to the staff and there was no discernable accent.

“Without question this was a terrifying incident for the young members of staff at the restaurant and they have been put in touch with Victim Support, and offered further support by their employers.”

A spokesman for McDonalds said: “One employee was injured in the robbery and this individual was taken to hospital and treated for a minor injury and shock.

“We are liaising with all employees involved in the incident to offer support and advice and we are currently assisting the police with their enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact Det Sgt Davis on 0845 456 4567 or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest, charge and conviction of offenders could be eligible for a cash reward.