A gang held up a barbers in York at knifepoint before escaping with a large amount of cash.
Three men entered the Cut Fellas kiosk on Clifton Green shortly before 7pm on Friday (February 24) and threatened the man working there with a knife.
The men demanded money and he handed over a large amount of cash.
The victim, who is in his 20s, was in the process of closing the shop for the night when he was robbed. Afterwards he pursued one of the men around the Clifton Green area as the gang made off on foot.
Police believe the suspects then used a vehicle to head north out of York on the A19.
The first man of the men is believed to be of British origin and is described as
- aged 20 to 22
- of skinny build
- between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 7ins tall
- with stubble
- wearing blue denim jeans and trainers.
The second man is thought to be of Kurdish origin and is described as
- 25 to 30 years old
- around 5ft 7ins tall
- with a thick beard
- a very thin face
- and short black hair.
The third man is believed to be around the same age as the second. He is also described as being of Kurdish origin, and is
- 5ft 9ins tall
- of stocky build
- with stubble
- dark curly hair
- and wore a grey hoodie with the hood up.
Police attended the scene after receiving a call at around 7.20pm on Saturday and have launched a full investigation.
They are carrying out enquiries in the area, undertaking forensic tests and reviewing CCTV.
Nobody was seriously injured in the incident and no customers were in the shop at the time.
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Detective Inspector Jackie Smart, of York Serious Crime Team, said: “While we’d never recommend that victims of crimes such as this place themselves in more danger by confronting their attackers, we do hope members of the public on this busy stretch of road may have seen this incident unfolding.
“They could have important information that could help our investigation.
“If you think you witnessed any part of this incident, saw any men matching the descriptions in the area at the time or have any other information that could help detectives, please contact us immediately.”
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