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Security guard attacked with crowbar in Tesco armed robbery

Workers at Halewood1 Shopping Centre have spoken of their shock after a security guard was attacked 2with a crowbar during an armed robbery. At about 7.30am the guard was walking into Tesco 3Express on Leathers Lane to deliver cash to the store. He was then attacked by a man with a crowbar, who smashed the hooked metal bar into the guard s knee before taking the cash box and escaping with another man.

Officers stood outside Tesco Express in Halewood

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They left the scene in a white van while police and paramedics crews rushed to the incident and took the guard to hospital where he is now receiving treatment. The offenders are later believed to have abandoned the van, which has since been recovered, and driven away in a black Ford car. About 20 minutes after the vicious attack detectives received a report of men with a cash box on the Crescent, Huyton4 .

The same box that was stolen from Tesco was then recovered and is now being forensically tested.

Cash box found in the Crescent, Huyton, after armed robbery at Tesco Express, Halewood

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However the offenders left with a quantity of cash before police had arrived. Detective Inspector Cath Haggerty said: This is not a victimless crime and for this guard to be subjected to this ordeal while he was just carrying out his job is unacceptable.

We are carrying out a number of enquiries in the area including the examination of CCTV and forensic enquiries. Police stood guard today outside the Tesco Express while a forensic officer took photos of a cash-in-transit van.

Police and forensic officers at Tesco Express, Halewood, after armed robbery

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A worker in the Marie Curie charity shop, which directly faces the Tesco store, said she was shocked to see police here when she arrived to open up this morning. She told the ECHO: We heard that someone had carried out an armed robbery there this morning.

I was surprised because the area is not normally like that. The Tesco Express was shut for about an hour after the incident.

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Inspector Haggerty added: We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw the white van in the area shortly before the incident and in the area of Oxford Drive, Halewood shortly after, or anyone who saw a black Ford car in the area of The Crescent, Huyton.

We d be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident itself or who saw the offenders acting suspiciously to get in contact on 0151 777 6064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 . Any information no matter how small will be treated with the utmost confidence and could assist with our investigation. A Tesco spokesman said: We are doing all we can to support our colleagues and are helping the police with their investigation.


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Tributes paid to Westminster victims as security is ramped up at Wembley ahead for England vs Lithuania

Police have implemented extreme security at Wembley for England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania following the terror attack in Westminster1 this week. Reinforced vans and additional presence on the ground has been deployed around the home of the national team after the attack in the capital on Wednesday. The St George’s flag is flying at half mast at Wembley as security is ramped up following the terror attack in Westminster earlier this week.

England2 take on Lithuania at the national stadium and tributes will be paid ahead of kick-off.

A minute’s silence will be observed as football remembers those that lost their lives in the atrocity, while the death of former England boss Graham Taylor will also be acknowledged. Extra security has been drafted in around the ground as London reacts to the attack3 which saw five people, including the terrorist, lose their lives.

Security is ramped up at Wembley

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is attending the game and has called on football to unite.

“We ll stand together at Wembley to remember those killed & injured in Wednesday s attack & show we will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said. An FA spokesperson added: Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

The England flag at half mast England take on Lithuania Tributes will be paid to Graham Taylor

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“In collaboration with the local authorities and the Metropolitan Police there will be an enhanced security operation for the England v Lithuania match on Sunday, to ensure a safe and secure environment for spectators.

“All supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.

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Jermaine Defoe4 has been handed a first England5 start in four years by Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

The Sunderland striker has been in superb form this season with 14 Premier League goals and has been rewarded with a chance to shine at Wembley in the starting line-up.6

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another surprise starter in an exciting, attack-minded line-up that also includes Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.

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What security measures are in place in the UK over the festive period?

Following the deadly lorry attack at a Christmas market1 in Berlin, police forces across the UK are reviewing their security measures at large events during the festive period. In London, Scotland Yard said they will review its plans for protecting public events in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. There are several fairs across the capital during the festive season, including the Southbank Centre Christmas and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

More than 100,000 people are expected to line the banks of the Thames to watch London’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks. In a statement, the Met said: “These already recognise that the threat level is at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely, and have considered a range of threats, including the use of large vehicles.”

Greater Manchester Police have stepped up patrols2 at Manchester’s Christmas markets . The force said they had strengthened their presence at the markets, which have almost 350 stalls spread across 10 sites in the city. Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford from Greater Manchester Police said: “We will be working in line with the national response and have strengthened our policing presence at the Manchester Christmas Markets and stepped up visible patrols, to ensure that people feel safe to go about their daily lives.”

Sir Richard Leese Manchester City Council leader told ITV News: “In light of what happened yesterday, there is a heightened police presence in and around the market.”

Shoppers at the Christmas market told ITV News Correspondent Damon Green3 if they changed their behaviour, the terrorists have won.

West Midlands Police installed concrete barriers at Birmingham‘s Frankfurt Christmas Market as part of a number of security measures implemented in November. They were put up as a precaution and were not a result of new or specific intelligence, said Superintendent Andy Parsons. Police Scotland said there was no immediate evaluation of current plans that are in place to “ensure the safety of the public at a wide range of festive and major events”.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “There is no intelligence at this time to suggest a threat to any specific event in Scotland . Our policing presence and posture will be appropriate to the latest information and current threat.”

There are a number of fairs across Edinburgh, including the Scottish Market, the European Market and Children’s Market, which is part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.

Glasgow holds a Christmas Market in St Enoch Square . The organisers said they were “deeply saddened” by the events in Berlin.

“As organisers of festive events we know the joy they bring . For this happiness to be so devastatingly interrupted is heartbreaking,” the Market Place Team said in a statement.

Huge crowds will be turning out to celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh on December 31, while other Scottish cities including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Stirling also have large organised celebrations. Other police forces said they would be reviewing safety measures, asking the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police. A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: The festive season is a particularly busy time for the city and we would, as with any other time, ask people to remain vigilant .

There is a tried and tested policing plan in place to police our city to ensure residents and visitors feel safe.

The Foreign Office said there remained a “high threat from terrorism” in Germany while increased security at borders was disrupting travel between bordering countries, including Austria and Denmark.


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