CCTV shows armed Leeds shop robber in ‘V for Vendetta’ mask

CCTV of the two robbers shows one in a 'V for Vendetta' mask and the other in a distinctive baseball cap

CCTV of the two robbers shows one in a 'V for Vendetta' mask and the other in a distinctive baseball cap

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Images of robbers who carried out an armed raid at a Leeds corner shop show one wearing a sinister ‘V for Vendetta’ mask.

The thief was one of three youths who had their faces covered when they robbed Vesper Convenience Store, in Vesper Road, Hawksworth.

The mask and the baseball cap are fairly distinctive items and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who the offenders might be

Detective Constable Phil Maher

They threatened shop owner, mother-of-one Jetal Patel, 33, before stealing cash and cigarettes.

One of the robbers was wearing a mask – modelled on an image of Guy Fawkes – made famous by the 2006 film version of the graphic novel V for Vendetta.

Another had a distinctive baseball cap with a large peak with blue, white and black stripes on it.

Detectives investigating the incident have released the CCTV images as part of a renewed appeal for information.

The cigarettes taken included Mayfair, Players, Carlton, Marlboro and Regal brands.

Detective Constable Phil Maher, of Leeds District CID, said: “The mask and the baseball cap are fairly distinctive items and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who the offenders might be. We are also asking for anyone has been offered these brands of cigarettes for sale in suspicious circumstances to get in touch.”

The incident happened at about 8pm last Monday, March 23.

One of the robbers ran off down Vesper Road towards Cragside Mount and the other two ran down Woodhall Drive towards Abbey Road. All three were believed to be aged under 18.

Police are not ruling out a possible link with a failed robbery at Pinna Store on Low Lane in Horsforth on Wednesday night.

Anyone with any information should call Leeds CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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