A teenager has been charged and remanded in custody following an armed robbery at Frenches Convenience Store in Redhill, Surrey, police have revealed.

The incident happened at the store in the town of Redhill at around 7pm on 28 January.

Two suspects entered the store through the front door brandishing bladed weapons. A quantity of cigarettes and whiskey were taken in the robbery and the glass door of the shop was damaged.

According to Surrey Police, Morgan Sweeney, 18, appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court on 30 January charged with robbery and possession of a bladed weapon and has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on 28 February.

A 16-year-old girl was also arrested. She has been released from police custody but remains under investigation.

The incident followed a number of recent robberies in Surrey, including a knife-point robbery in a Spar store in Goldalming and a robbery at Tongham Food and Wine store in Tongham.

Borough commander for Reigate and Banstead, inspector Angie Austin, said: “I want to thank the callers who brought this incident to police attention and this enabled officers to move quickly to arrest a suspect.

“I want to reassure the community that we will do everything in our power to arrest these criminals, charge them and put them before the courts.

“You can help by reporting any suspicious incident to 101 or, if a crime is currently taking place, call 999.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 or http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore, quoting reference PR/45190009993. Or, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.