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Armed Robbery With Firearm at Flint Games Exchange Flint North Wales

Police on Church Street in Flint on Wednesday, April 3

 

We apologies for not updating this as it happened at the time as details of the Armed Robbery at Games Exchange in Flint today: 4/3/19 at around 1:55pm BST Time. Here is the information below. And also the updates from what the public said about the Armed Robbery. 

 

A man threatened a female shop worker with a gun during a "traumatic" armed robbery.

North Wales Police issued a statement urging people to avoid Church Street in Flint "at all costs" following the incident at The Games Exchange at 1.55pm today.

Officers said that a man wearing a black balaclava carrying what appeared to be a silver-coloured hand gun threatened a female member of staff before making off on foot with cash.

He is described as 5ft 7ins tall and was wearing a green hoody, and blue trainers.

DI Jane Burns of North Wales Police said: “This was a traumatic experience for the shopkeeper and thankfully no one was was harmed.

"If anyone has information please contact 101 or https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support quoting reference X044606."

North Flintshire Police issued a statement on Facebook, it said: "There is an ongoing incident in Church Street Flint now and there will be a large Police Presence there shortly.

"We would urge people to avoid the area at all costs for the next 2 hours if possible and will provide more details shortly."

***UPDATES***

Town 'shocked' as 'despicable' masked gunman targets Flint shop in broad daylight

Residents and community leaders have told of their shock and 'disgust' after a masked gunman targeted a shop in broad daylight.

Police were called to The Games Exchange on Church Street in Flint at 1.55pm today (April 3).

Detectives are continuing their hunt for the gunman who is alleged to have threatened a female member of staff before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

County councillor Paul Cunningham blasted the thief as "despicable".

He said: "I am shocked. I really am - hearing the news has really upset me. You just don't expect it to happen in our town. For this to happen at 2pm in the middle of the day is also really shocking. What is happening in our town? I am really disgusted this is despicable. We are all in the same boat and we all trying to earn a living so for someone to do this just beggars belief. I hope the lady is okay and gets over her shock rapidly."

Town councillor Mel Buckley added that she was alarmed by the incident but thankful to police for their swift response.

She said: "As a resident and also as a retail worker within the town I am most concerned and alarmed by the number of incidents that seem to be occurring of late. This latest incident reportedly involving a firearm is most worrying, however I am pleased with how swiftly the police responded and contained the incident. I would like to thank North Wales Police for their rapid response and also thankful that ‘armed’ incidents are still very few and far between in our community. I hope the female member of staff is safe and recovers quickly from this."

Police earlier urged people in the town to stay away from the area "at all costs" with workers in nearby shops claiming they had been ordered to remain indoors.

A server at the Old Courthouse Cafe said: "We were told it was an armed robbery on one of the shops, I heard someone say the game shop. We can't really see from here but the police told us to stay inside and away from that part of the street."

Another witness said: "I saw the Facebook post from the police saying to stay clear of the area so I decided to have a look since I live near. I think it was at The Game Exchange because they were going between there and the hairdressers opposite."

He added that he had seen police checking CCTV at the nearby library.

Another witness said: "I saw the Facebook post from the police saying to stay clear of the area so I decided to have a look since I live near. I think it was at The Game Exchange because they were going between there and the hairdressers opposite."

He added that he had seen police checking CCTV at the nearby library.

The Games Exchange owns three stores in North Wales in Flint, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay.

The Flint store has been on Church Street for 20 years and sells new and used games, mobile phones, iPods, tablets, laptops and trading cards.

The manager of The Games Exchange in Rhyl said they are aware of the incident in Flint but could not comment further.

If you see anyone matching description of suspect, please contact North Wales Police 101 with Ref Number: X044606 or if its an emergency, then dial 999 if you believe you are in danger. 

 

Daily Post North Wales 

 

 

 

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