Police in Somerset are appealing for information after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Ilminster.
At 11.30am last Monday (September 23) a security guard attending the store in Station Road was robbed.
Two suspects left the scene in a white new-style Ford Fiesta, which was abandoned shortly afterwards about half a mile south of the town in the middle of the B3168 near to Dillington House. The suspects are then thought to have got into a second vehicle.
Enquiries have established that the Ford Fiesta was stolen from Exford, on Exmoor, and had its number plates and branding removed.
Detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw the Ford Fiesta after it was stolen on Tuesday September 17 and until it was recovered by police after the robbery.
They'd also like to speak to the owner of a green VW Polo which was driving along a private road on the Dillington Estate linking Whitelackington and Ashwell on the morning of the robbery.
Investigating the incident, DC Andy Tearle said:
“This robbery only took a few seconds to commit but the impact this will have on the courier, shop staff and witnesses will stay with them for much longer.
"We are investigating the robbery and our enquiries are progressing well but we need to speak to anyone who might have any information. If you can help, please contact me.”
Anyone who saw the robbery, either of the vehicles or was in the area and saw something suspicious should contact police on 101.
A man has died after a crash on the A303 at Ilminster, Somerset, this afternoon. He was driving a Vauxhall Corsa which collided with a flat-bed truck travelling in the opposite direction. The truck then crashed into two other cars. The truck driver was seriously injured and has been arrested.
The boyfriend of Chard murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr appeared at Bristol Crown Court today to deny murdering her. The 23-year-old's body was found in her burnt-out car near Ilminster last September.
Rafal Nowak, 31, was remanded in custody along with two other Polish nationals who also deny the murder. There will be a further hearing on 18 March.
The A303 remains closed between Upottery in Devon and Ilminster in Somersest after a serious accident. It happened on the A30, which is closed between Stockland Hill to the A30/A303 junction. It's causing major queues in the area.
DIVERSION: Motorists are advised to follow the solid black circle symbol. Those travelling westbound should leave the A303 onto the A358 north to M5 J25 to head west via the M5. Those heading eastbound should leave the A30 at Stockland Hill and follow the above in reverse.
The A303 is closed between the A30 at Upottery and the A358 Southfields Roundabout at Ilminster in Somerset. It follows a serious accident involving a motorcycle near the Devonshire Inn Farm. Police are at the scene. It's causing major queues on surrounding roads.