A GANG wielding knives and hammers carried out a terrifying robbery at a Leeds fast food takeaway – hours before a pub was targeted in identical fashion.
Despite the striking similarities, police do not believe the two incidents – at premises within five miles of one another – are linked.
The first happened at KFC, on Stanningley Road, Armley, shortly after 10pm on Thursday.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers received a call that an armed robbery had happened at 10.04pm with four males entering the store armed with knives and hammers.
“They were wearing black clothing including ski-masks. They then made off with cash in what was thought to be a Mercedes car.”
It is thought the gang got away with several hundred pounds. No-one was hurt in the incident.
Less than three hours later – at 12.46am today – the Myrtle Tavern, on Parkside Road in Meanwood, was raided.
The spokesman said: “A report was received of an aggravated burglary of a commercial premises on Parkside Road, Leeds.
“Three males armed with knives and hammers had entered the premises and taken the till.
“They were wearing grey coloured clothing and made off in a small silver hatchback car.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands initial investigations suggest that the raids were carried out by different gangs.
Detectives are now appealing for information.
Any witnesses to either incident, or anyone who has information about them, is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.