Hunt for robbers after threats at gunpoint in store

Barnby Dun's Spar shop, suffered a robbery on Sunday evening. Picture: Liz Mockler D1807LM
Barnby Dun's Spar shop, suffered a robbery on Sunday evening. Picture: Liz Mockler D1807LM

ARMED raiders have held up a convenience store at gunpoint - the second time the shop has been targeted in three months.

Detectives have launched a manhunt for the balaclava clad robbers who threatened terrified shop workers at the Spar in Barnby Dun.

The men, one brandishing a pistol and the other a crow bar, burst into the store in Marlowe Road demanding cash.

They fled with just £200 before speeding off in a silver Ford Focus, registration PE58 YKW. The plates had been stolen from a Citroen vehicle in Thorne hours earlier.

Det Insp Dave Mayfield said: “Thankfully no one was physically harmed, however the staff members were extremely frightened and upset by the incident. I would encourage anyone with information to please come forward.”

Residents have spoken of their shock following the robbery. It comes after ramraiders used a JCB to drag a cash machine from the store and load it on to a lorry in November.

Caroline Neylan, 35, of Church Road, said: “It’s quite a regular occurrence that there are problems at the store. It’s a bit worrying living here but I don’t think the problems will stop until they do something about it.”

Rachel Gunn, 39, of Hayfield Close, added: “I’m quite shocked. It’s a nice, quiet area. I hadn’t heard anything but it’s sad when this kind of thing happens.”

Regular Spar customer Graham Bell, of Sycamore Road, added: “The store has certainly had its fair share of troubles.

“In November, I was heading off to work at 3am and I saw a JCB sticking out of the cash machine on the corner where someone had tried to take it out the wall.”

A Spar spokesman said: “We are aware that there was an incident at our Marlowe Road store. The safety of our staff and customers is paramount to us and we are cooperating with police to assist in their investigations.”

The robbery happened at 10.10pm on Sunday. Call police on 101 with information.