PUBLISHED: January 24, 2017 3:47 pm LAST UPDATED: January 24, 2017 5:39 pm
A security guard was hit over the head by a robber who stole cash from a van outside a bank branch in Kidderminster.
Police have launched an appeal following the violent robbery which happened in the town centre today. A man approached a security guard outside the van by the Natwest branch, on the town’s high street. Police say he struck the guard on the head before leaving the scene with a quantity of cash at around 11.30am.
The man is described as being black, around 6 foot tall, of average build and wearing a black coat with a fur collar and a deerstalker hat. Police believe he fled the scene in the direction of Coventry Street and Blackwell Street. The security guard suffered minor injuries.
Anyone with information call 101 and quote incident 194s of 24 January 2017 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Updated: January 21, 2017 20:29 IST
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Around 85,000 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will be travelling around 3,000 km in 40 days to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections across five States. The Home Ministry and the Election Commission have set up a 24/7 control room to monitor the movement of forces in real time . Any delay in moving the forces in one State could have cascading effect on elections in the others, said a senior Home Ministry official. The official said they were battling extreme weather conditions in north India to make the forces reach their destinations in time . The Indian Railways has already assigned 22 special trains for these forces. Based on the law and order situation, the sensitive assembly seats have been colour coded . The most difficult areas would be provided security by Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force (BSF), which have considerable experience in internal security as well as law and order duties . The less sensitive ones will be manned by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
The forces are being drawn from Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala and are being sent to Punjab, which is the first among the five States to go for polls on February 4 . We have already moved the forces but they were delayed due to persistent fog conditions which led to cancellation of the train, said the official.
The Election Commission had earlier demanded one lakh CAPF personnel (1,000 companies) for deployment during the Assembly elections but Home Ministry informed them that around 850 companies were available. It s not only the logistics but there is the language barrier too . For example we have several troops moving from Kerala to Punjab . To ensure that there is no communication gap, we have appointed liaison officers who would interact in the local language, said the official. Starting from Punjab, the security forces would move to north-west Uttar Pradesh, the largest among the five poll-bound States in terms of geographical area and population. Some forces would stay back to secure the ballot boxes as the elections progress . By the time Manipur goes to polls on March 4 and 8, around 60 % of the 85,000 forces would be there, said the official.
Concern over Manipur
Due to the ongoing economic blockade, Manipur has been kept in the most sensitive category and an official said this was the first time elections were being held in two phases there. As of now, already 17,500 central forces are deployed in Manipur . Around 50,000 more would reach in March after elections in other States . We have requisitioned choppers and aircraft to move the forces, in case the weather worsens, said the official. Manipur is reeling under ethnic tensions after the call for an economic blockade by the United Naga Council (UNC) to protest against the creation of seven new districts by the State government .
The UNC sees the move as an attempt to truncate the concept of a greater Nagalim.
Robber wearing balaclava tries to raid security van outside Tesco petrol station on Telford’s Wrekin Retail Park
A robber wearing a balaclava attempted to hold up a security van at a supermarket petrol station in Telford.
A blue G4S van was parked near the Tesco filling station at Wrekin Retail Park when a man approached the vehicle and threatened security staff. Stunned motorists saw a security guard race into the petrol station kiosk, where he told the staff that was happening. The garage staff immediately dialled 999 as the drama unfolded at about 8.40am this morning.
A driver, from Dawley Road, Wellington who did not want to be named, said: I filled up at the pump and walking towards the kiosk to pay when I saw the security guard run across the forecourt from the side of the petrol station . He was running very fast with a case in his hand. I overheard him telling the staff that someone wearing a balaclava was approaching . The staff immediately phoned the police . The security van was parked on the slip road nearby. I wondered what was going on and I was taken aback when I heard what he was saying . I didn t see any of the incident.
No one was hurt during the attempted robbery at the site in Whitchurch Drive . It is believed the robber, who fled from the scene, was with an accomplice getaway driver . It is not known they had any weapons on them. Three patrol cars along with two unmarked police vehicles with plained clothed officers arrived at the scene minutes after the attempted robbery at the garage, in Arleston. A pedestrian customer, who did not want to be named, said: We didn t see anything, but the staff in the kiosk said the security van worker had been attacked. There are lots of routes leading away from this place where someone could escape on foot . We told this to the police officer who came over to ask us if we saw what happened. West Mercia Police spokesman Dan Butler said: There have been no reports of any injuries and at this time no weapons are believed to have been used. The filling station was open and trading as normal following the attempted robbery .
A Tesco spokesman declined to comment. G4S spokesman Michael Baker said the cash in transit crew spotted the would be attackers driving up to the vehicle at speed and the guard returned inside the shop . It is believed that the raiders thought twice and sped away from the scene. G4S head of operational risk Gareth Skinner said: One of our crew members serving a petrol station in the Wrekin retail park in Telford noticed a car approach at speed as they were leaving the store. Reacting quickly and showing great awareness to the threat . Our colleague returned back inside safely without endangering themselves or members of the public and the would be robbers fled empty handed.
I would urge anyone nearby who may have seen anything to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so these brazen attackers can be brought to justice. If you have any information relating to this incident or if you have seen a car matching the description in the area at the time please call Police on 101 referencing 0097S of 28 December.