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Appeal for witnesses following armed robbery in Nutfield

The Bletchingley & Nutfield Beat  – Robbery in South Nutfield at Priory Farm at 5pm on Saturday 6th December  – Press release

Appeal for witnesses following armed robbery in Nutfield

Detectives from east Surrey are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at Priory Farm, Nutfield, on Saturday (6 December) evening.

Just after 5pm two men entered the Sandy Lane store, one was armed with an eight to 10 inch knife and the other man was wielding a pole, and went straight to the till area.

Customers and staff were threatened while the two suspects demanded money from the tills. The suspect carrying the pole began smashing a computer and shouted ‘where’s the money give us the money’. He continued to wave the pole around and swung it at an employee who raised her arm to protect her face. The pole struck her forearm causing a fracture.

The two men snatched the tills and loaded them into a waiting white Transit-style van which left in the direction of Redhill Aerodrome. Thousands of pounds was stolen and the two robbers caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The first suspect, carrying the knife, is described as a white man, aged in his 20s, of medium build, dark hair and he spoke with a London accent. He was wearing a black Beanie hat, gloves, black scarf covering the lower half of his face, black waist length jacket and dark denim jeans.

The second suspect is described as a white man, between 5ft 11′ and 6ft tall, medium to heavy build, aged 50, dark hair, a round face with a ruddy complexion.  He was wearing a black Beanie hat, gloves, black scarf covering the lower half of his face, black waist length jacket and dark denim jeans.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kerry Akehurst, said: “This was a truly distressing and terrifying ordeal for the staff and customers to endure. The level of violence displayed by these two robbers is incredibly worrying and we need your help to identify them.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Sandy Lane area of Nutfield on Saturday evening, around 5pm, to come forward. Fortunately no one was seriously injured but this incident has left all those who were in the store at the time very shaken.

“I am determined to track down those responsible and I am appealing to the community for information. Where did the white van go? Did you see the Transit style van before the incident? Or perhaps you recognise the suspects’ description? If you have any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, please call me because it could make all the difference to my investigation.”

Tandridge Neighbourhood Inspector Elaine Burtenshaw added: “Officers from my Safer Neighbourhood Team visited the victims and have been providing a high visibility presence in the Nutfield area. This type of crime is exceptionally rare for Nutfield, it is rare for Surrey as a whole. We are working with the Criminal Investigation Department but we need your help. Please come forward with any information you have regarding this incident – we need to find and arrest these robbers.”

Enquiries into this incident are on-going but anyone who can help is urged to call Surrey Police immediately on 0845 125 2222 quoting reference TD/08/4725 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Call 0845 125 2222 for all non-emergency policing matters.
Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don’t want to leave your name.

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