Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Dorking pub last night (23 May) would like to speak to the driver of a car which nearly collided with the vehicle believed to have been used by the offenders.
The robbery took place at the Watermill Inn in Reigate Road just before 10:30pm.
Three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas went into the pub. One stayed by the door while the other two approached a cash desk. A handgun was pointed at staff and a quantity of cash was taken before all three fled on foot.
It is believed they got into a dark hatchback style car in a lay-by nearby which sped away with no lights on in the Reigate direction. As the car pulled out, it forced another car to brake. This took place near the bus stop on the left next to the pub. A bus was also parked at the stop.
Detective Sergeant Glenn Parker, who is investigating the incident, said:
“We would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle which was forced to brake. He also flashed his lights at the offenders’ vehicle, which did not have its lights on. Whoever the driver was would definitely remember this incident, and we would like to speak to them as they might have information which could assist our enquiry.”
Armed officers attended the scene and searched the area for the offenders but they were not located. Detectives from Eastern CID have launched an investigation and are currently carrying out a number of enquiries.
DS Parker added:
“This was a terrifying experience for the staff and customers who were enjoying a busy Friday night in the pub. We would like to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet spoken with officers who were in the Watermill or the nearby area and witnessed what happened. This was an unusual offence and I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything possible to find those responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 or use the on-line non-emergency crime reporting forms on the Force website quoting reference 45140042307. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.