Men armed with an axe stole money, alcohol and a slush machine from a Northamptonshire petrol station before setting fire to it

Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses

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Three masked men robbed a filling station before setting it alight and fleeing in a 4x4 car which was later found burnt out in Corby.

They drove up to Spaldwick Service Station on the A14 westbound carriageway in a dark Honda 4X4 vehicle at about 3.30am on Monday (August 3).

The station was open but the entrance was locked and the men broke in using an axe.

They asked a male member of staff, who was on his own, to show them where the safe was before stealing cash from the safe, alcohol, cigarettes and a slushy machine.

They then covered the rear of the store in an unknown fluid and set it alight.

The member of staff was not injured but left shaken and upset.

Det Sgt Sarah Sleaford, who is investigating, said a burnt out Honda 4x4 was discovered in Corby at about 5am the same day.

She said: “We suspect this may have been the vehicle used in the crime so I would appeal for anyone who saw this vehicle before or after the crime to contact police.

“This was a terrifying experience for the member of staff at the filling station, which was destroyed by the fire.

“I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact me.”

Anyone with information can contact Det Sgt Sleaford on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.