Armed robber threatens Beighton newsagent with broken bottle - in fifth shop raid in five weeks

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An attempted armed robbery has taken place at a newsagents in Beighton - the fifth of its kind in a month.

A youth brandishing a broken bottle entered Sothall News and Booze on West Street, Beighton at about 3.45pm yesterday to demand money from the till.

But he left empty-handed after the shop owner refused to hand over any money.

It is the latest in a series of attempted robberies to hit the area.

The first robbery was on October 8, when a teenager threatened a worker at Beighton petrol station, on High Street, with a handgun.

A petrol station in Crystal Peaks was targeted in an attempted robbery on October 19 at 8.05pm, followed by a further raid an hour later at Beighton Convenience Store on High Street, where a knife was used.

The convenience store was hit again on October 27 by two men, one of whom was carrying a large knife.

Police have linked the first four robberies and it is believed the latest raid may also be connected.

*Full story in Monday’s Star