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Robbers with guns strike twice in city.

Byline: By BEN GRIFFIN Crime Reporter ben.griffin@mrn.co.uk

ROBBERS armed with guns struck twice in little more than two hours in Coventry.

In the first incident, a Securicor guard was threatened with what was believed to be a gun outside the Coventry Building Society in Lynchgate Road, Cannon Park, at noon yesterday.

Two men in balaclavas, one who is believed to have had a hand gun, escaped in a blue Mini with a large amount of cash.

A Coventry police spokeswoman said: "The guard was shaken up but not injured. The gun wasn't used."

Police are not revealing how much money was taken.

The Mini was later found by police in Middleborough Road, Radford.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the robbery and also want to hear from anyone who saw the Mini, which has the registration K100 OJB, prior to the incident.

It is believed the same car was seen on the A45 Dunchurch Highway, near Broad Lane, on Wednesday, possibly driving on the wrong carriageway.

In a separate incident a man went into the R and B Superstore in Hearsall Lane, Earlsdon, between 2pm and 2.15pm, and demanded money from the till.

There was a struggle between the robber and a male member of staff, who is aged his 20s, as the offender tried to grab the till.

A gun was seen but no shots were fired. He fled empty handed.

The robber was black, aged 24 to 25, 6ft tall, with a large build.

He was wearing two black bandannas on his head covering his face, black gloves, white trainers and a black hooded jacket.

There were no customers in shop at the time, but police said the shop is at a busy junction with traffic lights and there would have been motorists who saw the robber run from the shop.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to contact officers at Chace Avenue Police Station on 0845 113 5000.

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RAID: Police investigate the raid at Cannon Park shopping centre. Picture: MATT BARRON
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Date:Dec 17, 2004
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