BREAKING: No criminal charges against Louth ‘panda robbery’ suspects

The 'panda robbery' suspects on CCTV.
The 'panda robbery' suspects on CCTV.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has this week declined to bring criminal charges against two local men who were arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Louth newsagents last November.

Despite a ‘thorough investigation’ by Lincolnshire Police over the past five months, the CPS has determined that there was insufficient evidence to charge the two local men in connection with the robbery, which took place at McColl’s newsagents in Eastgate, Louth, on the evening of November 29.

The robbers forced a female member of staff to hand over cash from a safe, before fleeing on foot. The staff member was unhurt, but shaken by the incident.

The two men (aged 17 and 21) had their bail extended three times following their initial arrests on suspicion of robbery, burglary, and theft from a shop on December 15.

When approached by the Leader, McColl’s head office declined to comment.

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