Shopkeepers told to check their security

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SHOP owners across South Yorkshire are being urged by police to check their CCTV and alarm systems are working after a spate of terrifying armed raids.

The Star reported last week that detectives are looking for possible links between 10 incidents – nine in Sheffield and one in Rotherham – in which shop workers were held up by robbers armed with weapons including a gun, hammer, knives and metal bars.

Detectives do not believe the same gang was responsible for all the raids but they do think some may be linked.

In the first hold-up at M&M News, Southey Avenue, Longley, three masked men armed with a hammer escaped with cash. Police said in the latest raid, at 7pm on January 31, two men armed with a gun and a baseball bat stole cash and cigarettes from Village News, Main Street, Grenoside.

Det Chief Inspector Zaf Ali said: “We want to reassure the public we are doing all we can to identify and catch the offenders. I would urge shop owners to check their CCTV and alarms are in working order, and urge members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”

Call police on 0114 2202020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.