Hammer-wielding robbers raid St Asaph shop


Mike Williams

A ST ASAPH businessman has said “nowhere is safe” after hammer-wielding robbers raided his shop.

Two men armed with what is thought to be a hammer burst into City News and Video on Chester Street at about 10.30pm on Friday.

The shop assistant, who was left “hysterical” after the raid, was ordered to empty the tills before the raiders escaped towards Gemig Street.

Owner Neil Colakoglu said: “It’s St Asaph, you don’t expect to see anything like this happen here. We’re just not used to it.

“When I heard about what happened I rushed over to the shop. The police got there after I did.

“The girl working here at the time was just hysterical, and you can’t blame her. As far as I can see, she won’t be coming back to work here.”

The first man is described as white, about 5ft4ins tall, of slim build, with a pale complexion. He had short, black, untidy hair and jet black eyebrows, and was wearing jeans, a black jacket and a hooded top.

The second man is described as white, tall and of stocky. He was wearing jeans, a dark knitted hat and a zip up tracksuit top.

Mr Colakoglu is hopeful the robbers will be caught.

He said: “You can clearly see one of the men’s faces on the CCTV.

“It all happened in less than maybe 20 seconds, and they waited until the shop was empty before they did it.

“But it was only early in the night and it is always quite lively outside and in the takeaway next door at about that time.

“There would have been plenty of people around.

“It’s very important that they are caught.

“If it happened to us it could happen to any shop in St Asaph.”

Investigations are continuing and house to house inquiries have been undertaken.

Anyone with information should contact St Asaph CID on 101, quoting reference R014981, or telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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