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Masked robbers posing as delivery drivers threaten Surrey pub staff at gunpoint

Police hunt two armed robbers who posed as delivery drivers before threatening occupants of a Surrey pub with a gun and making off with cash

  • Surrey Police hunting two suspects who raided Lion Brewery pub in Ash, Surrey
  • Incident took place at around 8.20am this morning, with a woman left injured 
  • Police were unable to locate the two suspects after a ‘thorough search of area’

Police are hunting two armed robbers who posed as delivery drivers before threatening pub occupants with a gun, making off with cash and leaving a female injured.

Two armed suspects stormed the Lion Brewery pub in Ash, Surrey, at around 8.20am today wearing black hats and face masks.

A female occupant sustained a head injury and was taken to hospital and another male pub occupant was left ‘extremely shaken’ following the robbery. 

Surrey Police said a ‘thorough search’ was conducted of the surrounding area by armed officers, however they have been unable to locate the two suspects and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Surrey Police confirmed that they had been called out to reports of an armed robbery at the Lion Brewery pub in Ash

The male suspects are described as white, with one around 5ft 7 tall and the other around 6ft.

Surrey Police said in a statement: ‘Police were called to the Lion Brewery pub in Guildford Road around 8.20am following reports that two men posing as delivery drivers went to the pub and threatened the occupants with a gun before stealing cash from the premises.

‘The female occupant suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital. The male occupant was uninjured. Both have been left extremely shaken as a result of the incident.

‘A thorough search of the area was carried out with armed officers involved but the suspects have not been found.’ 

Officers blocked off roads near the scene while several police cars, some filled with armed officers, responded to the situation

Officers blocked off roads near the scene while several police cars, some filled with armed officers, responded to the situation

Detective Inspector Pete Howgate said: ‘We appreciate that this will have caused a lot of concern in the local community and we would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can and pursuing various lines of enquiry to establish who was responsible.

‘This appears to have been a pre-planned incident and there was no risk to the wider public. We would like to thank everyone affected by the police activity for their patience and cooperation.

‘Our investigation remains ongoing and we are appealing to anyone with any information who has not already come forward, to get in touch with us straightaway.’ 

Earlier today police ordered residents to remain inside their homes as they dealt with the ‘firearms incident’. 

Residents also reported being ordered not to leave their homes while police dealt with the ‘firearms incident’

Officers blocked off roads near the scene while several police cars, some filled with armed officers, responded to the situation.

Guildford Road in Ash was this morning blocked off by police cars, eye witnesses said. It reopened just after 11am this morning.

Residents also reported being ordered not to leave their homes while police dealt with the ‘firearms incident’.     

An Ash Green resident told SurreyLive: ‘I was turned around by a police car with flashing lights in Harper’s Road. 

‘I thought it was a car crash and asked [a police officer] to get around, but she said ‘it is a firearms incident and we are not letting anyone in or out’.

‘When I was talking to her there was blue tape and they weren’t letting residents, or people caught in it, out.’

Julien Tidmarsh said on social media there was a 'containment area' in effect around the incident after police reportedly told residents to remain inside their homes

Julien Tidmarsh said on social media there was a ‘containment area’ in effect around the incident after police reportedly told residents to remain inside their homes

Julien Tidmarsh said on social media there was a ‘containment area’ in effect around the incident. 

He wrote to Surrey Police on Twitter saying: ‘Do you know when we will be allowed to return home due to the current containment area on the Guildford Road?’ 

On its website, the Lion Brewery pub in Ash describes itself as a ‘traditional English public house located in the rural Surrey countryside’. The pub also offers Bed and Breakfast. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police quoting crime reference number PR/45200129229 by calling 101 or via webchat on their website. 

If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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