Luton Shops Raided By Knife-men

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for information after a series of knife point robberies over the weekend.

At approximately 10.05pm on Saturday (28 February) two men entered a shop on Albert Road, Luton. They threatened the shop worker with a knife before stealing alcohol and cigarettes.

On Sunday, at 12.15am, two men stole almost £2,000 worth of cigarettes and alcohol from a shop on the High Street South, Dunstable - again a knife was used to make threats in the incident.

The men involved in the robbery of the shop on the High Street South were both described as white. One was believed to be approximately 6 feet, slim, and aged 30 - 40. He was described as wearing a beige hooded jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms, trainers and gloves, with a scarf over his lower face.

The second man was believed to be approximately 5'8" - 5'10", stocky, and wearing a blue Nike hoody, with blue tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Later that day, at approximately 6pm, two men entered a shop on Markygate Road in Slip End. The men made threats with a knife but left empty handed.

An hour later at 7pm there was an attempted robbery at a shop on Wellington Street, Luton. Two men threatened the shop worker with a large knife but left the shop empty handed.

At 8pm, two men in masks entered a shop on the High Street, Kensworth, and demanded money while brandishing a knife. Approximately £400 along with a selection of alcohol and cigarettes was stolen.

Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd said:

"At this stage we are considering the possibility that these robberies could be linked. These are very serious crimes and we're keen for the public to contact us with any information that could help us find those responsible.

Our officers are working hard to find the people involved in all of the incidents to help prevent further offences from being committed.

Our local policing community teams are also out in the areas in order to reassure members of the public, provide a visible policing presence, and deter the offenders from acting again."

Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents, or who has any information should call police on 101, text 07786 200 011, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.