UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with armed robbery in Bury released on bail

The Hardwick Convenience Store in Home Farm Lane, Bury, which was robbed last night
The Hardwick Convenience Store in Home Farm Lane, Bury, which was robbed last night

A man arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Bury St Edmunds which happened on Monday night has been released on police bail.

The 37 year old from Haverhill was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the offence and has been bailed until October 21 pending further enquiries.

The incident happened at the Hardwick Convenience Store in Home Farm Lane.

The shop’s owner, Thiru Tharmalingan, spoke of his terror after the man held him at gun point and stole the shop’s cash till.

“My wife and I are still frightened,” he said. “We did not sleep at all that night.

“I ran after him, but he just took the money out of the till, threw it down and ran away.”

Kavitha Tharmalingan said: “I did not know what had happened until my husband came home about midnight with the police. He was very shaken.”

Mrs Tharmalingan estimated over £600 had been taken from the till.

“We have owned the shop for nearly four years and it is the first time something like this has happened,” she said.

The man entered the shop at around 10:15pm and pulled what is believed to be a hand gun from his pocket and pointed it at Mr Tharmalingan.

He ducked behind the counter and the man grabbed the whole cash till from the counter and ran with it out of the shop.

Mr Tharmalingan ran after the man who turned right and through a car park. The offender dropped the till and stole a quantity of its contents before running off.

The shop has been closed off and contained in order for officers and crime scene investigators to carry out enquiries as part of their investigation this morning.

People in neighbouring shops said they were surprised and shocked by the incident.

Police are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or have any information in relation to the incident.

Calls should be made to Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting BU/14/2672 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.