Robbers steal cash and cigarettes from petrol station shop before setting it alight
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Masked men robbed a petrol station in Spaldwick before setting it alight.
The trio drove up to Spaldwick Service Station on the A14 westbound carriageway in a dark Honda 4x4 vehicle at about 3.30am on Monday (August 3).
The station was open but the entrance was locked and the men broke in using an axe.
They asked a male member of staff, who was on his own, to show them where the safe was before stealing cash from the safe, alcohol, cigarettes and a slushy machine.
They then covered the rear of the store in an unknown fluid and set it alight.
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The member of staff was not injured but left shaken and upset.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said: “The main building was well alight and heavy smoke was issuing. The forecourt was not affected and fuel pumps were isolated.
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“Twelve firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and jets to extinguish the fire and positive pressure ventilation fans to clear smoke.”
Det Sgt Sarah Sleaford, who is investigating, said a burnt out Honda 4x4 was discovered in Corby, Northamptonshire, at about 5am the same day.
She said: “We suspect this may have been the vehicle used in the crime so I would appeal for anyone who saw this vehicle before or after the crime to contact police.
“This was a terrifying experience for the member of staff at the filling station, which was destroyed by the fire. I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact me.”
Jim White, district councillor for Ellington, posted on Twitter: “A truly shocking, senseless and appalling crime. My thoughts are with the young man on duty at the time.”
Contact Det Sgt Sleaford on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.