UPDATE: Normanton And Altofts Robberies: Man Charged With Offences
Saturday January 12, 2019
Detectives in Wakefield have this morning charged a 27 year old man with attempted robbery and theft relating to offences at a shop on Girnhill Lane on January 10.
Adam Wiechnicki from Featherstone has also been charged with a further offence of theft and appeared at Leeds Magistrates this morning.
The 27 year old was remanded into custody to next appear at Leeds Magistrates on February 8.
Detectives are continuing their enquiries into the other retail robberies in the area.
Thursday January 10, 2019
Police have reassured residents they are pursuing a number of lines of active enquiry following a recent series of retail robberies in the Wakefield area.
Detectives are investigating a series of robberies in the Normanton and Altofts area and have made arrests in connection with all of the offences as investigations continue.
The five offences all took place at retail premises between January 2 and January 9, with the most recent occurring at a store on Church Road, Altofts at about 10.25pm on Wednesday 9 January.
It occurred after a man entered the store wearing face coverings and threatened a member of staff with a knife before making off with money. No-one was hurt in the incident.
The next most recent offence occurred at about 11am at a food store on Normanton High Street on January 5 after a man threatened staff inside.
He then made off with cash after assaulting a member of staff.
A 27–year –old Normanton man has been arrested today (Thursday January 10) on suspicion of robbery in connection with the most recent offence and remains under investigation following his previous arrest for the other offences.
A 32-year-old Wakefield man was previously arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with two of the offences and has been released under investigation.
Inspector Gary Hobson of the Wakefield North East and Rural NPT, said: “We fully understand the concern these serious offences have caused residents in the Normanton and Altoft areas and I want to reassure them that a significant amount of police resources have been dedicated towards these crimes.
“We have increased uniformed patrols in the affected areas and been working closely with retailers and our colleagues in Wakefield CID.
“Even though arrests have been made we are very much continuing to appeal for information and I would ask anyone who witnessed the two most recent offences in Altofts or Normanton, or who has any information about any of the crimes to contact us.”
Information regarding the robberies can be given to Wakefield CID on 101 referencing police crime reference 13190015994.
It can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.