Dewsbury newsagent robbed at gunpoint

APPEAL: Police at Westtown Newsagents in St Matthew's Road, Westtown. (d16041241)
APPEAL: Police at Westtown Newsagents in St Matthew's Road, Westtown. (d16041241)

THREE masked men stole cigarettes worth £1,000 during an armed robbery in Dewsbury.

The men threatened the shopkeeper of Westtown Newsagents with what appeared to be a handgun on Friday afternoon.

The 57-year-old shopkeeper was pushed by the robbers and slightly injured before they ran off with the cigarettes and some cash in black bin liners.

Police believe the three robbers, all described as Asian men, waited outside the shop in Westtown for a few minutes before the raid at around 3.11pm.

Det Insp Andrew Leonard said: “This was a serious incident which happened in broad daylight on a busy street in Dewsbury and we believe would have been witnessed by passers by.

“We believe the men waited for a few minutes before entering the premises and I am particularly interested in speaking to anyone who saw three men hanging around the shop shortly before the incident took place or fleeing shortly afterwards carrying black bin liners.”

Phone Kirklees CID on 101 or CrimeStoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.