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Have-a-go heroes thwart shop raid; Burglars flee empty-handed thanks to pub regulars.


HAVE-A-GO heroes who foiled a raid on a Warwickshire newsagent have been praised by police for their actions.

Robbers broke into KP News, in Reardon Court, Woodloes Avenue, Warwick, at about 11pm on Sunday and tried to steal cigarettes.

The raid was spotted by drinkers at the nearby Sarah Siddons pub and two regulars ran over to confront the raiders as they left the newsagent shop with the stolen goods.

Det Sgt Andy Smith, of Warwick CID, said the two drinkers, both aged 20, challenged the men, who fled leaving behind two black bins with cigarettes inside.

He said: "One of the robbers ran to a dark-coloured Subaru Impreza, which was parked nearby, and shouted, 'get in, where are you' to the other man.

"I would congratulate those two people who challenged the two offenders, foiled the raid, and avoided putting themselves in danger in the process."

He said there were at least two raiders, adding that the Subaru getaway vehicle matched the description of a car used in up to a dozen similar raids in the Midlands over the past few months.

Both robbers were wearing dark coloured balaclavas, with dark hoods over their faces, and one had a white skeleton face on his balaclava.

DS Smith said the robbers sped off without the car lights on past The Saxon Mill pub, towards the A46, overtaking four cars in the process.

The getaway vehicle then left the A46 at the Warwick and Solihull turn- off, travelling south on the A4177 towards Hatton.

The thieves are being linked to a similar raid at Tesco Express, in Leyes Lane, Kenilworth, just before midnight on Sunday.

DS Smith said the thieves used a wrench to rip the doors off the front of the shop before ransacking the shelves but left empty-handed when a smoke alarm went off.

Anyone with information can contact DS Smith at Warwick CID on 01926 415 000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 4, 2005
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