Gun fired, cash stolen at Hotel Ashburton in latest armed Canterbury pub robbery video

Armed police stand guard outside Hotel Ashburton's Turf Bar, which was robbed by an armed man on Wednesday night.
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Armed police stand guard outside Hotel Ashburton's Turf Bar, which was robbed by an armed man on Wednesday night.

A lone gunman fired a shot as he robbed a hotel of cash as a spate of armed pub heists in Canterbury continues.

Police, including the armed offenders squad, were called to Hotel Ashburton, on the town's Racecourse Rd, about 11.20pm on Wednesday, Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said.

The man entered the hotel and fired a shot before taking off with cash. About four or five people were in the pub at the time. No one was injured.

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Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney speaks on April 7 about a spate of aggravated robberies targeting bars in Canterbury. The robberies are a "serious spike in crime", he says.

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"The scene was closed down overnight and will be subject to a full scene examination today by Ashburton police," Sweeney said.

Six other armed robberies at pubs in Canterbury this year appear similar. In each case a man armed with a shotgun entered the bar shortly before closing and demanded cash. 

The location of the six pub robberies in Canterbury at the time of the April 6 Spingston Hotel robbery.
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The location of the six pub robberies in Canterbury at the time of the April 6 Spingston Hotel robbery.

Police previously said they believed the robberies were likely linked and could be the work of an organised criminal group. They have not released any security footage of the incidents.

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Hotel Ashburton is set to hold a meeting on Thursday to address local youth crime. It is to be hosted by Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew, Associate Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Ministry of Justice representatives.

Hotel Ashburton was robbed by a lone gunman about 11pm on Wednesday. The man escaped with cash.
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Hotel Ashburton was robbed by a lone gunman about 11pm on Wednesday. The man escaped with cash.

SPATE OF AGGRAVATED PUB ROBBERIES

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- January 18: Tavern Harewood robbed by man with sawn-off shotgun.

- March 10: Tavern Harewood robbed for a second time.

The Armed Offenders Squad attended the latest armed robbery of a Canterbury pub. (File photo).
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The Armed Offenders Squad attended the latest armed robbery of a Canterbury pub. (File photo).

- March 15: Brickworks Bar and Restaurant employee forced to the floor by a man who pointed a shotgun at his head.

- March 24: Cash stolen in robbery of Trevino's Restaurant and Bar.

- March 30: Gunman blasts his way through door at Brickworks Bar and Restaurant.

- April 6: Gunman fires two shots into the air during Springston Hotel robbery.

- April 19: Gunman fires a shot into the air during Hotel Ashburton robbery.

 - Stuff

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