Gun fired during store robbery in Surrey

Map showing the location of the raid in Salfords, Surrey

A robber has fired a gun during a raid at a convenience store in Surrey.

Surrey Police said the masked man threatened staff at the store in Brighton Road, Salfords, on Monday.

He fired a shot into the ceiling when an employee did not respond to his demands for money quickly enough. He stole a large amount of cash.

Detectives said no-one was hurt in the raid but the force had stepped up patrols in the area. Officers have also appealed for witnesses.

'Community shaken'

Det Sgt Karl Humphrey said: "It is extremely rare for a firearm to be discharged like this and I would like to reassure the community we are doing all we can to identify this man.

"We have already made house-to-house inquiries in the area, and we are following up other lines of inquiry, but I am appealing to anyone who was in Brighton Road, Salfords, between 8pm and 8.20pm last night to come forward.

"The employee remained calm throughout the incident and was not injured but it is vital we identify this man and bring him to justice.

"I know the Salfords community will be quite shaken by this incident, which is why I am sure members of the public will want to help us catch this man."

The suspect was described as being about 6ft 2in tall and slim. He was wearing a three-quarter length black coat, a grey hooded top with the hood over his head, a black balaclava and dark trousers.

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