70 years ago - Hunt for gunman

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Police officers combed the town in search of an armed robber who held up two shopkeepers with a revolver.

One of the shopkeepers, Ernest Blease, was pistol-whipped after asking the robber whether it was a joke.

His wound subsequently had to be stitched up by a police surgeon.

As well as targeting Mr Blease’s shop on Duke Street, the armed thug also held up a shop on Peter Street run by Ann Bennett.

Mrs Bennett ran into the kitchen when the thug demanded cash and he made off with a stash of cigarettes.