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Gun-wielding raiders hunted after armed robbery in Ilminster
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- Suspects seen with gun at convenience store at 11.30am
- A vehicle believed to have been involved in the robbery was found nearby
- Police ask for any witnesses to contact them
A POLICE spokesman said: "No arrests have been made in connection to the incident.
"Our investigation is continuing and we would urge anyone with information to get in touch."
Witnesses are asked to sall Yeovil CID on 101.
THE public’s help is being sought following the armed robbery of the vehicle at Spar in Station Road.
Two suspects left the scene in a white new-style Ford Fiesta, which was abandoned shortly afterwards about half a mile south of Ilminster in the middle of the B3168, near to Dillington House.
The suspects are then thought to have got into another vehicle and driven off.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a white Ford Fiesta driving from Ilminster to Whitelackington and are particularly interested in witnesses who saw a second car and the two suspects getting into the vehicle.
They would also like to hear from people who may have seen a green coloured car in the Ilminster/Whitelackington area between 11am and 11.30am.
If you are able to help, you are asked to contact Yeovil CID on the force 101 number.
STAFF at the Spar store have told the News that the suspects are believed to have been armed with a gun.
Mr McKinnon said: "We've looked at the CCTV and it looked like they had a gun.
"Thankfully everybody is OK."
JOHN McKinnon, who owns the Spar convenience store, thanked his customers for their support following this morning's incident.
He said: "We are so grateful to our customers for their support and their assistance to the police. It is a community store and the response has been that customers are very sympathetic to us."
THE Chard & Ilminster News understands the robbery involved a security vehicle which had been collecting money from the Spar shop at the petrol station.
It is believed the delivery driver was targeted and left shaken but not seriously hurt in the incident. Further details will be added to this story as we get them.
THE scene of the incident.
Robbery at Spar convenience store in Ilminster this morning. Our thoughts go out to the owners & staff. http://t.co/PUWMDEmTjG— @SouthChardStore 23 September 2013
@JuliaHamilton12 sounds like a major police incident at the Spar Petrol station in Ilminster. Seen or heard anything? @chardandilynews— @robinmmorrison 23 September 2013
Omg!! Spar in ilminster is being robbed!!— @ORegan_Josh 23 September 2013
A MAJOR police investigation has been launched following a suspected armed robbery in Ilminster this morning (Monday 23).
Officers said the incident happened at the Spar convenience store at the Texaco garage on Station Road at about 11.30am.
A vehicle believed to have been involved in the robbery was later found nearby.
No details on what was taken in the raid - or any description of suspects - has yet been released by police but more details are expected later.
A spokesman said the force was investigating reports that the suspects may have been armed but was unable to confirm if that was the case.
The garage remains cordoned off with police in attendance.
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