Bogus guard walks off with pounds 50,000

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A man posing as a security guard walked off with more than pounds 50,000 in a daring daylight raid on a motorway service station, police said yesterday.

The raider, who was not thought to be armed, walked into the Granada service station on the M4 at Chieveley near Reading, Berkshire, on Sunday, and was allowed into the room where the safe was housed. He then handcuffed and gagged two women cashiers before snatching two days' worth of takings from the safe. The two women were said to be badly shocked but unhurt. No one from Granada was available to discuss the raid.