Knife-point robbery at village shop in Wiltshire

Knife-point robbery at village shop in Wiltshire

Published by Mike Draper at 4:18pm 3rd August 2019. (Updated at 6:54am 4th August 2019)

A man walked in to the store, threatened a member of staff, and demanded money.

  • WHEN: It happened at around 10.30am today (Saturday 3 August)
  • WHERE: Wren's Shop in East Knoyle
  • WHO: A man and a woman have been arrested after this morning's frightening incident

WHAT HAPPENED:

A man threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded money before leaving with an amount of cash.

The male member of staff was shaken but unhurt.

A Google Maps street view of the Wren's Shop and Post Office in East Knoyle.
DRAMA: A man, armed with a knife, threatened staff at Wren's Shop and post office in East Knoyle.

CAR STOPPED BY POLICE: 

Officers were called immediately and, at just after 11.00am, they stopped a Honda Civic in the area and detained the male driver and his female passenger.

Cash and a knife were also found in the car.

SUSPECTS ARE FROM MANCHESTER:

  • A 34-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from Manchester
  • They were arrested on suspicion of robbery
  • They are currently in custody at Melksham Police Station

TRANQUIL VILLAGE NOW CRIME-SCENE:

Det Sgt Lawrence Billi said:

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious or anyone acting suspiciously in this area this morning."

"It's a very tranquil village and incidents like this are rare; if you saw anything out of the ordinary please contact us."

Supt Steve Cox said:

"This is a great example of some excellent work carried out by our officers and staff - reacting to a serious offence so quickly and then apprehending the suspects soon after."

"The message from this to any criminal fraternity is that you may consider a remote location as an easy target but you are very likely to be caught and then punished."

WILTSHIRE POLICE APPEAL:

Anyone with information in relation to today's incident should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190076173 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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