Manager tells of armed raid terror

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THE MANAGER of a Hucknall business targeted in an armed robbery has spoken of the moment the raider attacked a display cabinet with a small axe.

As reported in the Dispatch, The Stock And Cheques Exchange, of High Street, was hit at 3.45 pm on Wednesday August 24.

A man raced in and targeted the cabinet, which contained gold chains and rings. He made off with thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery.

Tom Ginever, manager of the store, revealed that during the last year, there had been eight attempted break-ins across the five shops the company owns in the East Midlands.

But he said the Hucknall raid was the first time anyone had escaped with any goods.

Mr Ginever (27) said: “The robber had a small axe, like a hatchet, and started whacking the glass of the cabinet.

“He managed to get through it after about 30 seconds and grabbed whatever he could. He was in and then out into a waiting car.

“Apparently the car, which had been stolen, almost hit a bus.

“We had one member of staff in at the time. She’s very shaken up.

“He never looked up at our CCTV camera, which gave me the impression he had been in here before, sussing things out.”

The robber fled in a black Honda Civic car in the direction of Watnall Road. The vehicle has since been recovered and checked by forensics officers.

The man is described as white, in his mid-20s and 5’9” to 5’10” tall. He is of slim build and was wearing a grey hooded top.

Anyone who witnessed the raid or has information should ring the police on 0300 3009999.

Alternatively, please call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline number, which is 0800 555111.