Staff threatened in gunpoint robbery in Darlington

Police are investigating a gunpoint robbery in Darlington

Police are investigating a gunpoint robbery in Darlington

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SHOP staff were threatened at gun point during a robbery in Darlington last night (Saturday January 18).

Two men carrying firearms held up the McColls newsagents on White Hart Crescent and made off with a quantity of cash, leaving staff extremely shaken.

Detective Sergeant Andy Crowe, of Durham Constabulary, said: “This sort of incident is very rare in the Darlington area, we get robberies but rarely anything on this scale.

“Nobody was hurt but those working were left very shaken by the events.

“We have a number of officers investigating and enquiries are on-going across the North-East.

“We want to make sure the public are safe and we are doing all that we can.

“We would urge anyone in the area at the time or who may have information about the incident to come forward.”

The robbery is not currently being connected to any other incidents, though officers will be researching all recent incidents in nearby areas for any possible links.

The suspects – both male - were wearing dark clothing which concealed their identities. One was around 5ft 8ins tall and the other around 6ft 3ins.

Anyone with information about the incident – which happened at around 10pm – should contact the police on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

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11:44am Mon 20 Jan 14

JJ2000 says...

Disgusting.
If anyone knows anything you must tell police, anonymously if needs be.
When things like this start, they often continue until they're caught.
Disgusting. If anyone knows anything you must tell police, anonymously if needs be. When things like this start, they often continue until they're caught. JJ2000
  • Score: 9

12:38pm Mon 20 Jan 14

hasanopinion says...

this shop is a hotspot for criminal activity, the people who committed this crime are probably comfortable in the knowledge they will never be caught. it is not uncommon for someone to walk in take what they want and walk right out of the shop, this is an escalation of the on going problem in there. the staff have an obligation to try and prevent the robberies, make reports and statements to the police. what obligation do the owners of the company have towards the protection of the staff? with their less than adequate cctv and their inability to actually help towards the security in the shop...seemingly VERY LITTLE. Step it up Mr Mccoll your staff deserve BETTER!!!!
this shop is a hotspot for criminal activity, the people who committed this crime are probably comfortable in the knowledge they will never be caught. it is not uncommon for someone to walk in take what they want and walk right out of the shop, this is an escalation of the on going problem in there. the staff have an obligation to try and prevent the robberies, make reports and statements to the police. what obligation do the owners of the company have towards the protection of the staff? with their less than adequate cctv and their inability to actually help towards the security in the shop...seemingly VERY LITTLE. Step it up Mr Mccoll your staff deserve BETTER!!!! hasanopinion
  • Score: 9

12:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

hasanopinion says...

JJ2000 wrote:
Disgusting.
If anyone knows anything you must tell police, anonymously if needs be.
When things like this start, they often continue until they're caught.
unfortunately everyone walks around with their eyes closed and their hands over their ears. all love a good bit of gossip but never actually see or hear anything!
[quote][p][bold]JJ2000[/bold] wrote: Disgusting. If anyone knows anything you must tell police, anonymously if needs be. When things like this start, they often continue until they're caught.[/p][/quote]unfortunately everyone walks around with their eyes closed and their hands over their ears. all love a good bit of gossip but never actually see or hear anything! hasanopinion
  • Score: 6

10:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mitchilinbaby says...

It's only red hall who cares
It's only red hall who cares mitchilinbaby
  • Score: -2

7:44am Tue 21 Jan 14

SirLance says...

Double doors? A second set of doors after the entrance doors? Bullet proof glass and a push button which can be used by the shop person to 'lock both sets of doors' ---maybe even catch the rats that way? Gun was probably a fake or pellet gun but even if real would the idiots fire it if locked in the double door cell?
Wouldn't cost a lot to put that sort of system in. good investment if the place is continuously 'hit'.
Double doors? A second set of doors after the entrance doors? Bullet proof glass and a push button which can be used by the shop person to 'lock both sets of doors' ---maybe even catch the rats that way? Gun was probably a fake or pellet gun but even if real would the idiots fire it if locked in the double door cell? Wouldn't cost a lot to put that sort of system in. good investment if the place is continuously 'hit'. SirLance
  • Score: -3

7:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

Time-Traveller says...

Coppers could swing by every now and then showing a bit of 'Policing Power'!
Coppers could swing by every now and then showing a bit of 'Policing Power'! Time-Traveller
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Deanne100 says...

I live in the area and no longer out of choice but I choose to turn a blind eye out of fear of the repercussions. This lesson I learned the hard way after suffering 6 years of ASB inc having my property damaged, verbal and physical abuse and often simply deliberately intimidated. The system does not protect the innocent.
I live in the area and no longer out of choice but I choose to turn a blind eye out of fear of the repercussions. This lesson I learned the hard way after suffering 6 years of ASB inc having my property damaged, verbal and physical abuse and often simply deliberately intimidated. The system does not protect the innocent. Deanne100
  • Score: 2

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