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Armed robbery at Blackburn McDonalds
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
ROBBERS pointed a gun at a McDonald’s supervisor’s head and forced him to open the restaurant’s safe.
Two men burst into the Blackburn outlet with a black hand gun and shouted at staff to hand over money.
One of the robbers then head-butted the supervisor and forced him to open the safe in a nearby office before stealing £1,800.
They fled on foot from the restaurant in Livesey Brand Road, but dropped £400 worth of coins and notes in the car park.
Police said two members of staff and had been on duty but no customers were in the restaurant when the raid happened at 11.45pm on Wednesday.
The men, who have both been described as white and in their 20s, escaped into nearby woodland Detective inspector Nicola Bithell said: “The men burst into the building and ran up to the counter demanding the money.
“One of the men head-butted the supervisor in the eye and then forced him to take him to the safe.
“They were in and out of the restaurant in a matter of minutes and the witnesses couldn’t see their faces properly because they had them covered by hoods and scarves.
“This was clearly a premeditated attack and they waited until no customers were in the building before they struck.”
Yesterday shoppers and residents said they were shocked and horrified by the incident.
Rob Hamilton, 44, who lives in nearby Nuttall Street, said: “I just can’t believe that something this horrible would happen around here.
“I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the staff, they must have been so scared.
“It seems like nowhere is safe anymore and I shudder to think what would have happened if there had been a group of youngsters in there at the time.”
Sarah Brookhouse, 27, a shop worker, said: “I bring my kids here all the time and sometimes we pop in late at night on the way back from something but I don’t think I will do that anymore.
“It’s a terrible thing to have happened and it makes me wary of coming back at night now.”
Pensioner Dorothy Walmsley, 64, who lives in Whalley New Road, said: “It’s absolutely terrible and quite shocking.”
The first robber was wearing a navy blue ski jacket with dark panels on the back, dark trousers and had a black scarf over his face.
The second man was wearing grey jogging trousers.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “We are offering our full support to those staff members affected by the shock of the incident and we are co-operating fully with the police in their inquiries.”
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