MASKED robbers are on the run after two raids in Daventry in the space of a fortnight.
Police are linking a robbery at Ford Sports and Social Club earlier this month with another at the Co-operative food store in Westerburg Square this week. On both occasions a three-man gang tied up their victims before escaping with cash. Northamptonshire Police failed to alert the public after the first raid on April 12, and 14 days later the robbers struck again.
Ford Sports and Social Club manager Graham Taylor was the gang’s first victim. He was locking up at the club in Royal Oak Way North at 11pm when the men burst through the fire exit with a steel pole. The robbers, all with covered faces, used football scarves to tie up Mr Taylor before demanding he hand over the keys to the safe. They eventually escaped with £640.
Mr Taylor, 64, said: “It was horrendous. One of them burst in with a steel bar. He didn’t try to hit me but the other two grabbed me and wrestled me to the floor. They took me to the safe and kept shouting ‘where are the keys’. By that time I was just completely traumatised. They tied me up and put me in the kitchen, I could only see their eyes and mouths because they were all wearing masks.”
Mr Taylor, from Weedon, eventually wriggled free and called the police. The father-of-three added: “It’s been pretty traumatic, it wrecks you. I haven’t been able to sleep but I’m gradually getting over it.” At 7am on Monday the robbers struck again, this time tying up a female member of staff and the manager at the Co-operative store before ordering them to hand over cash. They escaped through a back door and headed off in the direction of Ruskin Way.
A spokesman for Midcounties Co-operative said: “Our colleagues were shaken but unhurt and have been offered appropriate support.” Northamptonshire Police declined to comment on why the public wasn’t alerted after the first robbery, but they are now appealing for witnesses to the two incidents.
All of the men are described as around 5ft 10in. One is said to be of mixed race, slim build and wearing a dark blue hoody and tracksuit bottoms. The other two are described as black and between 20 and 25 years old. One was wearing dark blue baggy jeans and the other wore dark tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information should call 03000 111222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
National Front 2010