Sheerness axe raid 'terrifying'

Image caption CCTV cameras at Mr G's captured the axe-wielding raiders at the arcade

An amusement arcade manager has described as "terrifying" the moment when axe-wielding robbers raided his seafront premises in Kent.

The three men entered Mr G's arcade in The Promenade, Leysdown-on-Sea, Sheerness at 12:15 BST on Saturday.

"They helped themselves to the money in the safe all within seconds and left the building," said manager Barry Moss.

"They were wielding large wood-chopping axes. It was a terrifying situation you wouldn't expect at the seaside."

The raiders were captured on CCTV cameras at the arcade.

Image caption The raiders threatened staff at Mr G's before escaping with cash from the safe

Nobody was hurt but staff were threatened before the men escaped with the cash.

Armed police were sent to the scene and a police helicopter was deployed to search for the raiders.

The Sheppey Crossing was closed briefly to allow road checks by officers investigating the robbery.

Kent Police said the raiders were armed with a snooker cue and an axe.

They got away in a black BMW which was later found in Cheyne Road, Eastchurch.

A spokeswoman said there had not yet been any arrests and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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