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Hunt for armed bandits

The attempted armed robbery at the Matilda service station at Willowbank early Monday morning.
The attempted armed robbery at the Matilda service station at Willowbank early Monday morning. Contributed

POLICE are hunting two men following the attempted armed robbery of a Willowbank service station early Monday.

The men, at least one of whom was armed with a knife, entered the Matilda service station on the Cunningham Hwy about 4.40am.

Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said one of the offenders lunged at a female store attendant, however the woman backed away and fled to the back of the store to get the attention of a fellow employee.

Both men then fled the scene in a white Holden Statesman, which was filmed on security cameras while parked out the front of the service station.

Nobody was physically harmed during the attempted robbery.

The first offender was described as Caucasian, about 180cm with solid build and wearing a cap and a black hooded jumper. The second offender was also described as Caucasian, about 180cm with a slim build, wearing a black hooded jumper and tracksuit pants.

Ipswich detectives are also appealing for public assistance in identifying two men who robbed the Irish Heart Hotel at Goodna early on Sunday.

Hotel owner Michael Falvey said staff members were forced to help the knife-carrying duo get out of the hotel because they could not work out how to do it themselves.

The men raided the popular Queen St pub just after 12.30am, threatening a male staffer with a knife and escaping down Alice St with an undisclosed sum of money.

No one was physically harmed.

The bandits were described as of Asian and of Pacific Island appearance respectively, about 182cm, solid build and brown hair.

The first offender was wearing a black hooded jumper, dark pants, black gloves and white shoes, with dark material partially covering his face.

The second was wearing similar clothing, except that his pants had two white stripes down the side.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  armed robbery, crime, ipswich, police, willowbank


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