Man charged over store armed robbery - hunt for two other men continues


A man has been charged and remanded in custody over the armed robbery at Bangher Stores at the weekend – but officers are still looking for two other men.

The robbery happened on Saturday night at 10.30pm just as the fireworks for the river festival were being let off.

It is now believed that two men were picked up in Sandhurst Road (off Ampthill Road) in Bedford just a few minutes before the robbery and driven in a black three-door Ford Focus to Riverside Place, just off Bedford Road, Kempston, at the side of the railway bridge. From there they made their way the short distance on foot to the shop on the corner of Whitbread Avenue and Bedford Road, where they threatened the shopkeeper with a shotgun and a revolver.

After the robbery, they got back in the car and drove along Riverside Close, turned up Whitbread Avenue, back past the shop and turned left down Bedford Road towards town.

Although one person was charged with the offence yesterday (Thursday, July 24) detectives are still looking for anyone who saw or heard the robbery, or the car arriving or leaving in Sandhurst Road or Riverside Close.

“It’s really important that anyone who has information gets in contact with us as soon as possible – we are still looking for two men who were involved in this frightening offence,” said Det Con Surinder Ram. “Please don’t assume that we have all the information we need as the slightest thing could be significant.”

Det Con Ram can be reached directly at Bedford CID on 01234 275346, or through the 24 hour police non-emergency number 101, or text the force control room direct on 07786 200011. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name and no-one will know you called.