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21 April 2012, 06:00
Members of the public could be eligible for a reward of up to £1,000 if they have information on a robbery in Norwich.
The reward is available from the independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and charge of the individual(s) responsible for the incident on Tuesday 27th of March.
At approximately 8:30pm, a man entered the Grasshopper off licence on King Street and demanded money. The offender brandished an item, wrapped in a cloth, which the victim believed to be a handgun. He then made off on foot with a quantity of money. He left the store and turned right onto King Street before heading up an alleyway towards Rouen Road.
The man is described as dressed in all black and wearing a black balaclava. The shop keeper was unharmed but left shaken by the incident. Crimestoppers, which allows people to give information 100% anonymously on the 24/7 number 0800 555 111 and via a secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, is urging members of the public to come forward with information to help catch those responsible.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers said: "Armed robberies are thankfully extremely rare in the safe county of Norfolk, which makes this incident all the more shocking. Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so this crime can be solved.
You have nothing to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as we do not ask for your name and no call is traced or recorded. You won't have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court - we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 23 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our anonymity promise."
She added: "Did someone you know display unusual behaviour the night of the armed robbery? Has someone confessed to being involved? Perhaps someone witnessed the event or saw suspicious activity in the area that night. Crimestoppers wants to receive any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem?."
Police would particularly like to speak to a young couple who may have been in St Julians Alley near King Street just after 8.30pm and made their way up to Rouen Road. They are encouraged to make contact with DS Smith of Norfolk Police via 101.
Only information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 that leads to an arrest and charge is eligible for the reward. Information can be given online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org but information will not be eligible for a reward this way.