Cops hunt for armed robbers

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MASKED raiders armed with a baseball bat and a hammer threatened shop staff before escaping with cash.

The two men struck at Hillside Stores, on Hillside, Whitwell, about 8.10pm, on Tuesday, and fled with money from the till.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Two staff were in the shop when two men came in with a baseball bat and a hammer and demanded money from the till before making off.”

Police carried out a search of the area with a dog unit and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The offenders were described as wearing dark-coloured clothes and balaclavas.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Derbyshire Constabulary on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.