Machete-wielding robber targets petrol station

A CCTV image of the robbery
A CCTV image of the robbery
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A machete-wielding robber confronted a security guard at a county petrol station before escaping with a cashbox.

The driver of a security van was in the petrol station store when he was confronted by a man with a machete who demanded he drop the cashbox he was carrying.

The driver dropped the box, the man took it and left on foot, however it is possible he may have used a motorbike concealed nearby.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the robbery which took place at the Sainsbury’s petrol station at Sixfields in Northampton just before midday on Tuesday, July 16.

It is believed the incident may be linked to a series of similar robberies in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and the West Midlands.

Detective Sergeant Emma Nealon from the Organised Crime and Drug team said: “We believe this to be linked to a series of similar robberies that have occurred in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and the West Midlands. We are doing everything we can to both identify offenders and bring them to justice and to prevent any further incidents.”

“We want people to be aware of this type of crime so that they can report any suspicious activity to us. Often the offenders know which businesses have cash deliveries and lay in wait, and have been known to leave on foot, by motorbike or in a car.”

The offender is a white man, 6ft and of stocky build.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.