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Wootton masked raider attacks newsagents

Armed robber in Wootton, Bedfordshire Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption The masked raider marched the worker to the newsagent's safe

A masked raider thought to be carrying a gun fled with a "substantial" amount of money after "terrifying" a shop worker in Bedfordshire.

The female worker opened the back door at Dillon's Newsagents in Wootton when a man burst in and demanded the safe to be opened.

After stealing the money he ran off. The robbery happened at about 07:45 BST in Cause End Road on Monday.

Police have released CCTV in the hope the man may be recognised.

Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption The man is shown on CCTV holding what appears to be a gun

He was wearing a mask and a distinctive hooded top, with two stripes down the arm and the number 53 on the front. He also arrived on a silver and red mountain bike.

Det Insp Jerry Waite, of Bedfordshire Police, said: "This was a terrifying experience for the member of staff who feared that she was going to be seriously harmed if she did not empty the safe.

"Wootton is a close-knit community and I hope that someone will recognise the clothing being worn or the bike being ridden by the offender who escaped with a substantial amount of cash."

Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption The man was seen arriving on a mountain bike

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