January 16, 2019 9.58 am This story is over 32 months old

Suspected armed robbers arrested after chemist raid

Police have launched a manhunt

Update: Two men from Grimsby have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out an armed robbery.

A 39-year-old man and a 50-year-old man have both been arrested in connection with a robbery at a chemist.

Armed robbers demanded drugs and cash in a raid at a chemist in Grimsby last night.

Humberside Police have launched an investigation into the armed robbery at Cohens Chemist on Chelmsford Avenue.

Officers were called to the property at 5.30pm on January with reports that two men had entered the shop with a gun.

There were no reports of any injuries in relation to the incident, but staff are said to have been left “severely shaken”.

The men are believed to have fled in the direction of Carnforth Crescent and officers are working to trace them.

Both were white, with British accents. One man was reported to be around 5ft 8in tall, of skinny build, with a grey scarf and black jacket. He also had what have been described as ‘piercing’ blue eyes.

The second wore a tan coloured jacket, was around 5ft 7in tall and slim. He carried a blue ‘bag for life’ style shopping bag and had dark coloured curly hair.

Detective Sergeant Ian Potter said: “Luckily incidents of this kind are very rare.

“We believe this to have been a targeted attack, with the aim of stealing controlled drugs and we do not believe the wider public is at risk.

“Our teams will remain in the area, both to continue the investigation and to provide reassurance to those living nearby. We are also providing crime prevention advice and support to other pharmacies in the area.

“We’re following up a number of lines of enquiry. However, if you know something that you believe could assist us, please get in touch.

“Finally, I want to urge anyone who is approached by anyone attempting to sell controlled drugs not to take them, as by doing so you could be putting yourself at risk.”

Anyone with information about the incident is being urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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