Masked raiders snatch £5,000 in 'nasty ordeal' at Cirencester social club
MASKED robbers left two members of a Cirencester social club with serious injuries before making off with £5,000.
Three friends, two aged 62 and the other aged 70, were finishing their drinks at the New Social and Services Club in Chesterton Lane when intruders burst in wearing balaclavas.
They tried to stand up to the raiders – but were beaten with the leg of a bar stool. Two needed hospital treatment.
Gerald Taylor, club president, said it was a nasty ordeal.
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"It has left them all very shaken," he said.
"They tried to stop the robbers and defend themselves which in hindsight perhaps wasn't the best idea. They took a hell of a beating.
"Obviously we're very disappointed something like this could happen.
"But whoever it was obviously knew what they wanted.
"They were there for the money and they weren't going to let anyone get in their way."
The raid took place at around 1am yesterday morning.
The club members were just about to leave when three people stormed in through the unlocked door.
Two of the social club members were left with nasty injuries. The 70-year-old was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where he was given eight stitches to his head and treated for facial bruising.
One of the 62-year-old's was also taken to hospital and given treatment for a suspected broken jaw. The third man was uninjured.
The robbers took around £5,000 from behind the bar – the entire weekend takings.
Mr Taylor said although they were insured, they would only be able to recover a fraction of the sum – casting doubt on the club's future. "I'm not sure whether we'll be able to survive this," he added. "That is a lot of money for a club like this."
Police have taken CCTV footage from outside the club in a bid to identify the culprits.
Detective Sergeant David Shore-Nye condemned the attack. "This was a horrendous incident and a very frightening experience for the victims," he said. "I just hope if anyone knows something they will call us immediately."
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident 10 of December 10. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.