Hamilton Police are hunting for a trio of people who robbed a Hamilton superette armed with a large knife and a hammer.

The offenders robbed the Deanwell Superette on Deanwell Avenue this morning, shortly before 7.

They arrived in a stolen red Mazda Demio, police said, which was driven by a fourth person.

The car had been stolen from a Plunket Terrace address overnight.

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Upon the robbers arrival the store manager fled and locked himself in a back room.

The offenders then took a large quantity of cigarettes, along with a number of smaller items before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle was seized by police and would be forensically examined.

Hamilton Police were asking anyone with relevant information to get in touch.