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Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a petrol station in Newmarket.

Officers were alerted to the incident at 7.15pm on Tuesday, December 12, shortly after a suspect had walked out of the Shell forecourt on the High Street, having stolen cash and cigarettes.

The suspect, who is believed to be male, entered wearing dark jeans, a light-coloured hooded top with the hood up, as well as a black ski mask with small eye holes. He was holding a handgun, while he also pulled out a knife from his waistband, before putting a large, army-style, camouflaged rucksack onto the counter and telling a staff member to fill it with cash and cigarettes.

An amount of cash and cigarettes was placed into the bag before the suspect left the shop. The area was searched by officers upon arrival; however, the suspect was not located and no arrests were made.

Detective Inspector Cat Thompson said: “Detectives investigating this serious offence are exploring any forensic, CCTV and other opportunities that may be available.

“I would ask if anyone has any information, or any CCTV or dash-camera footage that could be useful to the investigation, please do get in touch.

“We understand the nature of this robbery will cause concern to residents. Additional uniform patrols have been put in place in the area and residents are welcome to approach officers to ask questions, share their concerns, or ask for crime safety advice. Equally, crime safety advice for both members of the public and businesses can be found on our website.”