An armed robbery in Hastings on Friday has left neighbouring businesses worried.
The aggravated robbery at Stortford Lodge TAB, Heretaunga St, occurred at 9.55pm on Friday after two men entered the premises and threatened staff with a firearm.
Joy Bel Superette owner Tarsem Singh said he felt worried and concerned by the incident which was very near his store.
“It’s very sad. I’ve got a bad feeling, it’s never happened here before.”
Mr Singh lived behind his store and now felt unsafe locking up at closing time of 7pm.
He had owned the dairy for about 17 years and the only other incident like this he remembered was when the chemist across the road had its front glass broken about six years ago, but he did not think anything was taken.
“It’s a good area, nice people live here. It’s normally a really nice neighbourhood.”
An employee of a nearby business, who did not want to be named, said there had been a few incidents such as arson and theft at nearby businesses recently but that had been youths and this seemed much more sinister.
It was a worry for all nearby and she now always made sure she was vigilant with safety and security.
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