Two charged with spate of armed robberies across Sheffield

The Co-op store on Lees Hall Avenue, Norton Lees.
The Co-op store on Lees Hall Avenue, Norton Lees.
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Detectives have charged two Sheffield men in connection with a string of armed robberies at convenience stores across the city.

Craig Denton, aged 32, of Oxspring Bank, Shirecliffe and Gareth Gratton, 29, of Piper Court, Southey Green, were arrested on Thursday and have both been charged with three counts of robbery each.

They appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today and have been remanded until they are due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court at a later date.

On Sunday, September 27, two men entered a Spar store on Stannington Road at around 9.30pm.

Staff at the store were alleged to have been threatened with a knife.

The pair left the store with cash and a quantity of cigarettes.

On Monday, 28 September, at around 7.20pm, two men entered a Co-op store on Lees Hall Avenue in Norton Lees.

Staff were reported to have been threatened with a firearm.

The men left the store with a quantity of cash.

On Tuesday, 29 September, three men entered a One Stop Shop on Cottam Road in High Green at around 9.55pm.

Staff were allegedly threatened with a knife before the men left with a substantial amount of cash.

A 34-year-old man arrested yesterday has been bailed pending further enquiries.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “If anyone has information or believes they may have witnessed the incidents, please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 1172 of 29 September.”