Police are investigating reports of an alleged armed robbery that took place on the evening of New Year's Day at the Spar shop in Wolsingham.
The shop was cordoned off last night as police forensic investigators worked at the scene.
Insp Meecham declined to say whether the report that police had received was of an armed robbery at the Wolsingham store.
A Wolsingham resident, who asked not to be named, said shop staff told of four masked attackers armed with axes who entered the shop and took the till.
No one is believed to have been hurt.