A gang of robbers wearing ‘Halloween’ type masks and dressed all in black got more than they bargained for when staff at the well-known Hemswell Antiques Centre fought back to foil their raid.
Three men were waiting inside the building
when the 300-dealer Lincolnshire centre opened up at 9.45am on
Despite the shock of being confronted, and
then grabbed, by the masked raiders, two female staff fought them
off and managed to raise the alarm, and the would-be robbers fled
via a window.
One of the women suffered minor injuries and
bruising. Nothing was taken by the robbers.
Police believe they fled in a blue 4x4,
driving away across the field at the back of the unit where
Hemswell is based, and are appealing for anyone who may have seen
suspicious activity in the area from the evening before, Tuesday,
November 6, to get in touch.
Hemswell Antiques Centre owner Robert Miller
said the staff were "very shocked" by the break-in.
"They were very brave in what they did," he
told the Worksop Guardian. "Unfortunately this was a sign
of the times. It was frightening for those involved but we will
stand strong and won't let this happen again. Nothing was taken but
we have got to catch these people."
Anyone with information should call Det Con
Tina Kennedy of Gainsborough CID on 101, referring to incident 111
of November 7.