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


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.


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.


  • 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


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."


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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