Police still hunting armed pub robbers

Scene of the armed robbery at the George and Angel in Crowland.
Scene of the armed robbery at the George and Angel in Crowland.
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Armed robbers who fled a pub in Crowland after being disturbed are still at large.

Three men made off with cash, mobile phones and alcohol after the raid at the George and Angel at 4.23am on Friday.

Police say the men were interrupted by the landlord and his partner, who were threatened with a gun.

The robbers were also brandishing a hammer and a crowbar.

It is understood it had been the last night at the pub for the landlord, aged 31, and his 26-year-old girlfriend, who were the only people in the premises at the time.

They were shaken by the experience but unhurt.

The offenders, who are believed to have got into the pub through a window, are described as men dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas.

On Friday, residents arrived in town for market day to find the pub cordoned off with police tape and officers on patrol outside.

Jean Fowler (79) said: “It’s really shocked me. We’ve had the Spar shop ram-raided and a man being charged with attempted murder.

“When you are elderly things like this make you feel very vulnerable.”

On Saturday the pub, which is under new management and displaying a ‘To Let’ sign, was open again and police are reassuring residents that enquiries are ongoing.

A newsagent who arrived for work at Crowland News and Food about 5.15am on the morning of the armed robbery has described how he was too scared to go upstairs in case the robbers were hiding out there,

Mushi Mohammad said: “When I arrived there were nine or ten police cars here and armed officers.

“I thought someone had been murdered.

“I still haven’t been upstairs in case the robbers are up there - they could have got in through the window. I don’t want to get shot.

“I told the police but no-one’s had a look. Residents have been coming in and asking what is happening. They are very shocked.”

Nigel Turpin, planning manager of LT Pub Management which manages the pub, said he could confirm the pub was under new management.

He said: “I can confirm that there was an incident at the George and Angel last Thursday night and the police are investigating fully.

“We can confirm that no-one was injured and the pub is now open again.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of the pub or who has any information about the offenders is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Nicola Stafford of Spalding CID on the non-emergency 101 number.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.