Three arrests for Cashmere pub robbery

NICOLE MATHEWSON AND ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 11:12 08/04/2014
Brickworks Restaurant and Bar
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VIGILANCE URGED: Police attend the scene after Brickworks Restaurant and Bar was robbed at gunpoint early yesterday.

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Two men have been charged with aggravated robbery following an incident at the Brickworks Restaurant and Bar in the early hours of Sunday.

At Christchurch District Court, Wesley Winfield Barnett, 43, and Charles Thomas Shelford, 63, made no application for bail, and were remanded in custody by Judge Michael Crosbie to April 28.

Police say three men were arrested over the gunpoint robbery of the Christchurch bar on Centaurus Rd, but the third one, aged 43, will appear on a charge of receiving.

The men were arrested last night in relation to the robbery after police searched three properties in Riccarton, Barrington and Linwood.

Brickworks staff have been offered counselling after the "disturbing" incident at 12.25am on Sunday. Two men covered their faces when they entered the closed bar. They demanded cash from the three male staff members on site, before fleeing in a vehicle with a sum of money.

Brickworks bar manager Abby Bradley said the two young bar staff and a cleaner were not injured during the robbery but had taken time off.

"They're all right and they're going to get some support from Victim Support. The boys will bounce back."

The bar reopened on Sunday and staff were pushing to get things back to normal.

"We're pretty close here, so it's affected all of us. It's really disturbing." Staff had been doing their own investigation into the incident, checking security camera footage, Bradley said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said inquiries were continuing and police urged owners of all licensed premises to be vigilant while they were closing up.

It was believed the pair who robbed the Brickworks bar could have been waiting in the area before entering the premises.

Anyone who saw people loitering around licensed premises while they were closing up should report it to police, Hill said.

"We would much rather people contacted us with concerns about suspicious activity than have to deal with situations like this."

The Brickworks robbery comes after a masked intruder carrying a shotgun confronted a worker at Robbies Bar and Bistro on Cranford St while he was closing the bar on March 16.

Hill declined to comment further on the robberies.

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