Gang could be behind armed Leeds pub raids

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A vicious armed gang may be behind a string of robberies at pubs in Leeds.

In the space of 24 hours on Sunday and Monday pubs in West Park and Robin Hood were raided by masked men wielding weapons who got away with cash.

It comes three weeks after a licensee and customers at a pub in Horsforth were threatened at knifepoint and less than two weeks after a gang armed with knives and hammers burgled a pub in Meanwood.

Detectives are now investigating possible links between the incidents.

Speaking of the most recent incidents, Det Con Tony Nutton, of North West Leeds CID, said: “We are not ruling out the possibility of these being linked to other offences in the Leeds area.

“It is one of several lines of enquiry.”

Sunday’s robbery happened at about 11.15pm at The Dalesman, on Butcher Hill in West Park.

Police said a masked gang armed with weapons threatened staff before escaping with cash.

Almost exactly 24 hours later, at 11.30pm yesterday, four men wearing balaclavas and armed with knives targeted the Angel Inn, on Wakefield Road at Robin Hood.

They threatened staff and got away with cash, thought to run into thousands of pounds.

Police say a dark blue vehicle seen in the area at the time may have been connected to the robbery.

No-one was hurt in either robbery, but police said staff were left shaken.

The latest incidents bear striking similarities to a raid on the Bridge Inn, on Low Lane in Horsforth, on August 5, when licensee Rachel Jenkinson was forced to hand over the day’s takings after being threatened by a knife-wielding gang.

Nine days later, in the early hours of August 16, the Myrtle Tavern, on Parkside Road in Meanwood, was raided by a gang armed with knives and hammers who got away with cash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Nutton on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.