Shops in Bedford and Clapham targeted by armed robbers

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Police have issued a witness appeal following two armed robberies yesterday.

The first incident took place at around 12.50pm at the Premier Gills convenience store in Foster Hill Road, Bedford.

A man walked into the store and selected a drinks bottle, before telling the shop worker to empty the till.

When the staff member refused to give him any money the man drew out what appeared to be a silver handgun.

The shop worker was unhurt and the man then ran from the shop, empty-handed, in the direction of Roff Avenue.

The man is described as young, around 5ft10in and stocky.

He was wearing a dark hooded fleece jacket with the hood pulled over his head, grey jogging trousers and trainers.

The second offence took place at around 9.15pm at Spar in High Street, Clapham.

A man pointed a suspected firearm at the shop worker and demanded cash from the tills, before making off in the direction of the Fox and Hounds pub.

The man is described as white, skinny, and wearing a grey or light green puffa jacket and a black balaclava.

Detective Sergeant Joanna Corbyn, investigating, said: “These incidents left two innocent workers shaken, but in both cases fortunately no-one was hurt.

“We don’t have reason to believe the two offences are linked at this stage but we would reassure the community that we are pursuing all avenues to find those responsible.

“I would also take this opportunity to urge anyone who finds themselves in a situation like this not to take matters into their own hands, and to contact police on 999 immediately.”

Anyone with information on either of the incidents is asked to call DS Corbyn on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.