Haxey store robbery latest

THREE men have been arrested following an armed robbery at an Isle village store.

Officers were called out to Greenhills Store on Greenhill Road, Haxey, shortly after 8.30pm last Friday, February 17.

Three men wearing balaclavas are alleged to have entered the store while the shop was open and used guns to threaten two female members of staff.

The robbers made off with the till and its contents. Shop workers were uninjured but shocked.

A large number of police officers were deployed to the scene, including the force helicopter.

A search was conducted but the suspects had fled the scene.

Uniformed officers conducted house to house inquiries in the area to try to identify witnesses and offer reassurance to local people.

The incident comes just weeks after Keadby News was targeted by three knife-wielding robbers who fled empty-handed after attempting to rob the store.

Owner Thomas Smith was sprayed with a chemical when he refused to open the till and he used a stick to chase the gang away from the scene.

Following initial inquiries after the Haxey robbery, three men were arrested and are now in custody.

An investigation is underway involving detectives from Humberside Police, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire following the Haxey robbery and similar offences in neighbouring force areas.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “It is too early to speculate re any connections between this and other similar offences in the region however we are working alongside both South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire forces in order to establish any links.”

Anyone with information should contact Humberside Police on the 101 non emergency number, quoting log number 634 of 17 February.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A full report will be carried in this week’s Bells/Advertiser.