Essex

Armed men threaten customers and staff at Waltham Abbey pub

Customers and staff at a pub in Essex have been robbed at knifepoint by two men in a late night raid.

The two men, both armed with knives, ran into the Wheatsheaf at Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey at about 23:00 BST on Friday.

They demanded money from the till and forced two members of staff to hand over what police said was a four-figure sum of money.

Nine customers were also threatened and ordered to hand over mobile phones.

Three phones were stolen.

Kitchen knives

The men were both aged in their 20s and wearing black clothing. One of them was black, the other white.

Det Sup Michael Orr from Essex Police said: "The thieves were brandishing what we believe were large kitchen knives and one member of staff was slightly injured during the incident.

"We believe that the two thieves had been pacing up and down the road outside the pub for about 30 minutes before they rushed in.

"We want to hear from anyone who saw them either before the robbery or afterwards when they ran off on foot."

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