Bar robbers assault resisting patron

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 07:58 28/01/2014
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Armed thieves assaulted a patron when he refused to lie down on the ground during a robbery at a Christchurch bar.

The gunpoint hold-up was the second on Sunday night and investigators believe they are linked to similar incidents in recent weeks.

Police were called to The Brewery, a bar at The Tannery in Woolston, after two men carrying sawn-off shotguns burst through the doors demanding cash, about 11pm.

The Press understands they told people inside the bar to lie on the ground and assaulted a man - a friend of a staff member - who refused.

Owner Alasdair Cassels said the offenders were unable to gain access to the business' safe and fled the scene empty-handed.

"I think our staff behaved very well and probably fairly heroic in the situation," Cassels said.

"Being confronted by a sawn-off shot gun is not very good is it?"

The injured man received treatment at Christchurch Hospital and was discharged yesterday. He is yet to be formally interviewed by police.

The armed robbery was the second in a matter of hours after a pair of men carrying guns stole cash from Coasters Tavern in Redwood about 9.45pm. The bar's owner, Ross Murdoch, declined to comment.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney confirmed a man required hospital treatment after he was assaulted during the robbery at The Brewery.

Scene examinations were conducted at both bars yesterday.

Police were looking at CCTV images of each robbery and there were several witnesses to be interviewed, he said.

The robberies were likely linked to similar incidents at The Brewers Arms on Papanui Rd and The Craic on Riccarton Rd just before Christmas. On both occasions masked offenders entered the bars with guns and demanded money from staff.

Anyone with information should contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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