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Armed raiders rob pub, tie up staff after Marathon ends

PUBLISHED: 17:08 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:11 05 October 2010

MASKED raiders threatened pub staff, including two women, with a 10ins knife and tied them up during a terrifying robbery ordeal when they grabbed thousands of pounds. Two men burst in at 8pm as staff were closing Booty's in Narrow-st, Limehouse, after serving spectators at Sunday's London Marathon

By Victoria Huntley

MASKED raiders threatened pub staff, including two women, with a 10ins knife and tied them up during a terrifying robbery ordeal when they grabbed thousands of pounds.

Two men burst in at 8pm on Sunday (April 13) as staff were closing Booty's Bar in Narrow-street, Limehouse, after serving spectators who had been watching the London Marathon passing the premises.

They called the manager by name and demanded the day's takings, then bound the hands of the four staff with plastic cable ties.

No-one was hurt and the staff were able to free themselves and raise the alarm after the raiders fled.

Now detectives want to speak to anyone who was returning home along Narrow-street on Sunday.

"The manager is a nice guy, but is very traumatised," said Det Con Dean Musgrove.

"The raiders may know him as they called out his name."

The robbers had their faces covered and were wearing gloves. One raider was white, the other black. Both are described as around 5ft 7ins tall.

"We are appealing to people coming home around 8pm who may have seen the men hanging around in a car or the street," added Detective Musgrove.

"They could have been there for a while, waiting for the pub to shut."

The bar remains closed this week, but is expected to reopen in a few days.

Witnesses or anyone with information are being urged to call the Robbery Squad on 020-8217 4162, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk

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