Ramsgate robbery suspect ‘detained’ by passers-by as he tried to make escape

Cash was taken from the store

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-clad man grabbed cash from a Premier store in Ramsgate but was detained by members of the public as he tried to get away.

The robbery took place at the Premier shop in Bellevue Road, Ramsgate, at 10.40pm on Sunday (17 June).

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kerry Whiting said: “A man wearing a black balaclava walked into the shop and grabbed cash from the till.

“Members of staff went outside and locked him in the shop, but let him go after he made threats towards them.”

The man, who was carrying cash in one hand and a black bag in the other, then ran down the alleyway opposite the shop towards Cottage Road where he was detained by members of the public until officers arrived.

Money and a knife were recovered and detectives are appealing for witnesses.

DC Whiting said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed a man standing outside the shop shortly before the robbery took place.

“We are also very keen to hear from the members of the public who helped detain a man in Cottage Road and who haven’t yet spoken to us.”

If you can help please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number ZY/34058/18.

A 33-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of robbery and a racially aggravated public order offence is currently in police custody.