Police say two people have been left “extremely shaken” after men posing as delivery drivers threatened them with a gun at a pub before stealing cash from the premises.
The female occupant of the boozer suffered a head injury and was rushed to hospital, while the male occupant was uninjured.
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Officers were called to the incident at around 8.20am. According to a Guildford Road resident, who wished to remain anonymous, there were around nine armed tactical officers circling and entering the pub and adjacent B&B from 9am.
He said: “They seemed to search the entire property, included breaking a few doors and using ladders – up until about 10am to 10.30am. At which point, senior officers arrived on the scene and this is when it seemed that whoever they were looking for wasn’t there.”
Surrey Police says a thorough search of the area was carried out with armed officers involved but the suspects have not been found.
They are described as white and are said to have been wearing black hats and face masks. One is described as around 5ft 7, while the other is described as around 6ft.
Residents in Ash were stopped from entering or leaving the “blockade” set up in Guildford Road. One local father, who wished to remain anonymous, was waiting in his car for more than an hour before being allowed to return home.
He told SurreyLive: “We have been advised to sit and wait by police who say they are dealing with a firearms incident.
“Even on Guildford Road, within the blockade, there are cars that were stuck in the traffic jam. They are still in their cars and are not even allowed to drive out.” The road closure was lifted at around 11am.
Detective Inspector Pete Howgate said: “We appreciate that this will have caused a lot of concern in the local community and we would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can and pursuing various lines of enquiry to establish who was responsible.
“This appears to have been a pre-planned incident and there was no risk to the wider public. We would like to thank everyone affected by the police activity for their patience and cooperation.
“Our investigation remains ongoing and we are appealing to anyone with any information who has not already come forward, to get in touch with us straight away.”
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