Hate crime in Devon and Cornwall rises by 63% since EU referendum
Meat Cleaver Used In Devon Robbery
Devon police are hunting two masked knifemen who robbed a petrol station in Knowle, Braunton.
It happened at around 8pm on saturday night just as Knowle Garage was about to close.
Two men, wearing black balaclavas entered the store armed with a meat cleaver and a large kitchen knife and threatened the member of staff before stealing around £50 cash from the till.
DI Dave Atkinson's been telling our reporter Wendy Buckingham more about the robbery CLICK HERE
The knife carried by one of the offenders which was left at the scene is described as a 'Kitchen Devil' chef's knife with an un-serrated edge, about 30cm in overall length with a blade of 16cm. It has a black moulded handle and the width of the blade at the hilt is 4.5 cm.
Police say one of the offenders was wearing a grey 'ultra magnetic' hooded top whilst the other was wearing very dark or black clothing with dark trainers with 'addidas' white stripes on the sides of the trainer.
Detective Sergeant Paul McWhinnie of Barnstaple C.I.D. said: 'We are appealing for help from the public to try and assist in identifying these offenders.
'We would like to hear from any shop keepers who believe they may have sold the meat cleaver and kitchen devil knife or from anyone who is now missing these items and who suspect a family member or someone they know may be involved in this despicable crime.
'We are also interested in hearing from anyone who believes they may have seen these offenders approaching or leaving the garage and in particular we would like to establish their method of travel to and from the scene. The offenders behaved in a very aggressive and threatening manner, swinging the meat cleaver towards the female member of staff and subjecting her to a very traumatic incident.'
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference CN/12/454.
A report's found the force has failed to record more than 17,400 reported crimes each year.
Charger starts fire in teenager's bedroom
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will host the first Truth Project sessions in the South West
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: Non-stop hit music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.