Armed robber strikes in Highfield

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AN ARMED robber in a balaclava escaped with cash and cigarettes following a raid on an off-licence in Highfield last night.

The white man went into Dawn 2 Dusk on The Heights, Hemel Hempstead, at 10.30pm and demanded money while holding a pistol-type gun.

The robber was handed cash and cigarettes before making his escape.

Det Insp Justine Jenkins, who is investigating the incident, said: “It was a warm evening and there were a lot of people around The Heights area at the time of this incident and I am appealing to any of these people to come forward.

“I am particularly keen to speak with a woman who allegedly had the gun pointed at her by the offender.

“Anyone with information about this incident, no matter how small or insignificant they think it may be, should contact us on 101 quoting log 859 of 24/05/12 or alternatively Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.”