Masked robbers have burst into a Coventry pub and threatened staff and customers with knives and hammers.
This happened on Wednesday night at the Nursery Tavern in Lord Street.
Drinkers were ordered to stay in the bar area as the five men entered.
The landlord was punched in the face and forced to open the safe at knifepoint.
“The offenders made off with a considerable amount of cash and left the pub customers extremely shaken by their ordeal. The landlord suffered cuts and bruises but fortunately was not seriously injured.
“We are appealing for any witnesses who we have not already spoken with to come forward. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious outside the pub at the time of the robbery."
Five people have been arrested following an armed robbery at a jeweller's in Sparkhill.
Ten thieves armed with bats and hammers threatened staff at Gold City on Stratford Road just before 5pm on Saturday (5 January).
They stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery before escaping.
“After viewing CCTV it is clear that the area was busy with shoppers and passers-by at the time of the robbery and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
“One of the shop assistants gave chase and was assaulted, fortunately he only sustained minor cuts and bruises, but this could have been far more serious.“If you know something that could help our investigation, then please do the right thing and call me or one of my team.”
– Sergeant Martin Kelly, from Force CID in Birmingham
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