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Armed robbers attack guard and steal cash from security van at Plymouth Tesco store

Armed robbers attacked a guard and stole cash from security van at a Plymouth Tesco store today, police have confirmed.

UPDATE: Tesco Robbery: Police hunt for ‘silver Vauxhall Astra’ driven by masked raiders1

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called at around 10.30am to Tesco Express on Alexandra Road in Mutley in Plymouth, following reports of a robbery from a security van at the location.

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The Tesco in Alexandra Road reopened at lunchtime on Wednesday

Two cash boxes are alleged to have been taken from the van.

“A security guard was hit with a metal bar, however, did not require medical attention.
A search is currently ongoing to locate three men seen fleeing the scene.

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The Tesco Express in Alexandra Road

Police have not yet revealed how much cash was taken or descriptions of the three men seen fleeing the scene.

UPDATE: Tesco Robbery: Police hunt for ‘silver Vauxhall Astra’ driven by masked raiders2

Follow our dedicated live blog3 for the latest updates.

References

  1. ^ Tesco Robbery: Police hunt for ‘silver Vauxhall Astra’ driven by masked raiders (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tesco Robbery: Police hunt for ‘silver Vauxhall Astra’ driven by masked raiders (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
  3. ^ dedicated live blog (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)

Hammer thug told security guard

A man who threatened a worker with a hammer at his local supermarket said I m from Salford, you best let me go after being tackled to the ground by a security guard. Damien Yates, 49, then told the guard: I will be back for you.

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The attacker was a regular shopper at the store, in Longsight, and it was inevitable he would have been identified and caught, Manchester Crown Court heard. Yates was jailed for 32 months for attempted robbery on Friday, December 8.

The trouble began when Yates burst into the Farmfoods store in Stockport Road, Longsight, on October 27, brandishing a hammer and threatened a female worker who was cleaning the floor.

The court heard the raid took place at about 9pm and he warned the woman: You better open the till. Yates then raised the hammer above his head before the worker called for help, prosecutor Nicola Carroll said. The store s quick-thinking security guard was able to wrestle Yates to the ground and disarm him, before the police were called.

As the guard pinned Yates down, the defendant said: I m from Salford, you best let me go . I will be back for you.

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Defending, Jane Miller said Yates regularly uses the shop as a customer. She said: Staff knew who he was and he was easily identified . It was inevitable he was going to be caught. Yates, of Hamilton Road, Longsight, is originally from Salford but had moved to fashion a new life for himself, Ms Miller said.

He has a history of addiction to class A drugs and has suffered from mental health problems, the judge heard.

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The court was told that Yates is remorseful and has sent what the judge described as a heartfelt letter apologising to the shop worker. Ms Miller said a possible explanation for Yates offending was that he had a criminal debt of 600 to pay. Sentencing, Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: The incident was over in a matter of seconds .

Nevertheless it would have been a very distressing incident . It left her shaken up and not feeling safe in her place of work. The judge accepted that Yates, who has an appalling record of 53 previous convictions, recognised the consequences of his actions.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery.

Why security staff could soon be guarding police crime scenes

Private security staff are set to guard crime scenes in the West Midlands under an initiative designed to free up police officers1 for catching criminals.

With more than 2,000 police officers cut since 2010 and further cuts ahead police bosses believe having them standing by sealed off crime scenes for hours on end is a waste of resources. They are also looking to cut the amount of time constables spend guarding prisoners and suspects in hospital. Constables guard streets and locations where violent crime and murders have taken place to prevent contamination or removal of evidence, or prevent forensics teams being interrupted by passers-by.

Bosses say this is a job which could be done easily by cheaper security guards.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson2 said: I am supportive of measures which save money and most importantly ensure we are using our officers to the fullest of their abilities.

Warranted officer guarding scenes for hours on end is not always a sensible use of resource, when more appropriate, cost effective roles can carry out the task.

I want there to be as many warranted officers out pro-actively tackling crime in the West Midlands as possible.

Freeing up some warranted officers from scene guarding duties is one way of doing that.

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The Police and Crime Commissioners Strategic Board was told by Chief Constable Dave Thompson that a pilot of private security guards would begin in February 2018. Mr Thompson said: Our officer numbers are set to drop by about 200 over the next few years . We are looking to make the best use of the officers we have.

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He said that digital and mobile technology could improve the productivity of officers. And that already an upgrade to the medical care available at the force s custody blocks had reduced the need to send suspects under guard to hospital, again saving valuable police officer time. The Board was supportive of measures to free up officers for crime fighting duties.

References

  1. ^ police officers (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson (www.birminghammail.co.uk)