Arrest after Leeds pub hit by gun-toting robbers

Staff were just about to close when the Mustard Pot was raided.
Staff were just about to close when the Mustard Pot was raided.
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A MAN has been arrested following a gunpoint robbery at a Leeds pub.

Police said a 32-year-old man was in custody in relation to the raid at The Mustard Pot, on Stainbeck Lane in Chapel Allerton.

Three masked men armed with guns and baseball bats threatened staff in the early hours of yesterday.

The raiders escaped with cash and were seen leaving in a silver vehicle, believed to be a Renault Megane found in nearby Town Street shortly afterwards with a gun inside.

Investigating officers are now appealing for information about the car.

Detective Sergeant Mark Atkinson, of Leeds District CID, said: “We found a vehicle left near to the scene of this robbery which we believe is the one used in this offence.

“The vehicle was bearing the registration plate BL04 MVS and one of its brake lights appeared to be defective.”

He said they hoped the description might trigger the memory of someone who had seen it in the area around the time of the incident.

Det Sgt Atkinson added: “Thankfully neither of the staff members confronted by this group were hurt, but they have been left extremely shaken up by this frightening experience.”

Workers were preparing to close for the night when the pub was targeted between 1.05am and 1.12am yesterday.

Landlady Nicola Storey told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “They grabbed one member of staff and dragged him down to the back office, where there was another member of staff. They pointed the gun in both their faces and stole all the money.”

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Miss Storey added: “You never think that something like this is going to happen. I want to protect my staff, but how much can I do?

“People need to know that there are bad people out there who are capable of this sort of thing and hopefully it will show them how careful you need to be.”

The three suspects were all wearing masks but are believed to be white men. They spoke with local accents and are described as tall and of stocky build.

Anyone with information about the car or the incident should call Leeds District CID via 101, quoting log 71 of 29/12, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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