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Armed robbery at South Yorkshire shop

Top Shop in Aughton, Rotherham, where two men threatened staff with what appeared to be a handgun before making off with a quantity of money.

Top Shop in Aughton, Rotherham, where two men threatened staff with what appeared to be a handgun before making off with a quantity of money.

A young shop worker has spoken of her shock at being held up by armed robbers at her dad’s South Yorkshire grocery stores twice within a month.

Katy Butterworth, aged 23, was working behind the counter at the Top Shop in Aughton Road, Aughton, when she was threatened by a gunman.

“It all happened really quickly,” she told The Star. “They came in, one pointed a gun at me, they made me empty the till and then they ran off.

“There were two men and both had masks covering their faces.

“It all just happened really quickly. I was just shocked, because my dad has another shop in Thurcroft and that was robbed a couple of weeks ago by a man with a knife when I was working – I just can’t believe it.”

The robbers fled with the contents of the till and Katy locked herself in the store and dialled 999.

“The police came almost straight away,” she said. “There were armed officers, police dogs and the helicopter was up above. Almost every police officer in Sheffield must have been there.

“It looked like something out of The Bill.”

Katy, who has a full-time job at Aldi, said she sometimes helps her dad Paul Butterworth, who owns both stores, behind the counter.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the men had fled down a gennel on the other side of Aughton Road.

The robbery, at 4pm on Tuesday, is the latest in a series of armed raids across the county.

Coral Bookmakers was targeted in Bradway Road, Bradway, Sheffield, on April 10; a betting shop was held up in Midland Road, Royston, Barnsley, on April 8; and Betfred on Hartley Brook Road, Shiregreen, Sheffield, was robbed on April 5.

Police said it was not known if the robberies are linked.

One Aughton businessman said: “It’s a nice area and I can’t recall anything like this happening in recent years.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 631 of April 22.

 

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