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Police are hunting robbers who targeted a security van in Hessle1 this afternoon. Witnesses described a heavy police2 presence while Barclays Bank in Ferriby Road has been shut. Police have now confirmed they are looking for a red Renault Clio which raced from the scene at 1.20pm. A spokesman for Humberside Police3 said: “We are currently responding to a robbery of a security van on Ferriby Road, Hessle.
“Shortly before 1.20pm two men approached a security guard near his van and threatened him before stealing a case. “The offenders then left the area in a red Renault Clio . The security guard was unhurt but has been left in shock.
Witnesses have described seeing large police activity in the town centre this afternoon. One witness said: “I didn’t see anything and must have missed it by a few minutes . I heard they’re looking for a red car.
“The police still there although only a few cars and police now . The bank is all shut up with shutters down.” Another witness described how the police suddenly descended on the town. She said: “We were in Hessle near the Weir and there was a police car that came and cornered off the bank then about four more vans and cars came .
They are looking for a red Clio in question for a bank robbery.”
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Allowing security services to access encrypted messages would also open the door to hackers and criminals, says a former counter-terrorism officer.
On Sunday (March 26) Home Secretary Amber Rudd said intelligence services must be able to access relevant information on encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp, as Khalid Masood appeared to have used the app moments before he launched an attack on Westminster.
Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer Charles Shoebridge told Sam Delaney1 it would be dangerous to “open up this so-called ‘back door of encryption'” to allow a security service access, as “you also put that weak system there to be exploited, not just by our security services, but also by hackers and criminals.”
He also said pointed out that Masood wasn’t on MI5’s ‘top 3,000’ list of terror suspects, which “suggests very much that if the intelligence services did have the power to monitor somebody s WhatsApp messages, they wouldn t have been monitoring his anyway.”
Listen to the full interview above
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
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
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
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.
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.