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.
Jeremy Corbyn has told ITV’s Peston on Sunday1 security at Parliament “needs to be looked at” in the wake of the Westminster attack and called on the government to overhaul its counter-terror approach to stop Muslims feeling singled out. In a wide-ranging interview with Robert Peston, the Labour leader said:
Addressing matters away from the attack, Mr Corbyn also said:
“I think what Prevent has often done is seen to target the Muslim community, not anybody else, looks to say there is a kind of suspicion over the whole community and it’s actually often counter-productive.”
When pushed on exactly what he believed needed to change, he said: “I’m saying broaden it into an agenda of inclusion. .. . Focus it on all communities.”
Wednesday’s attack saw lone-wolf extremist Khalid Masood, who converted to Islam in adulthood, shot dead to end his car and knife attack in central London on Wednesday. Mr Corbyn clarified that he supported the policy of shoot-to-kill “in a wholly defensive situation” but cautioned: “You’ve got to be careful you don’t end up with what we had in Ireland in the 1980s.”
Mr Corbyn backed the police response, saying: “The police did their best to protect Parliament and Keith Palmer lost his life trying to protect Parliament.
“But there is a question of .. . access to the building and that needs to be looked at.”
On the possibility of an early general election being called by the Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn said: “We are developing our policies but clearly if an election is called we can bring all that forward and we are ready, yes.”
He added: “It wouldn’t be just us actually because it (repealing the Fixed-term Parliament Act) requires two thirds of all MPs to vote for it.
“We would not block it, of course not, because if that’s what is on offer, I don’t know if that’s in her mind or not .
She certainly hasn’t discussed it with me.”
French soldier opens fire on machete-wielding man who ‘ran towards’ security forces at Louvre in Paris
A French soldier opened fire on a machete-wielding man who “ran towards” security forces around the Mus e du Louvre. The man – whose identity and nationality are not yet known – was reportedly attempting to enter the museum’s underground shop carrying two backpacks. Parisian police chief Michel Cadot said the attacker had been carrying a machete and had “run towards” a group of soldiers, shouting “Allahu akhbar” – ‘God is great’ in Arabic.
We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident.
Michel Cadot, police chief, Paris
Neither backpack – which sources had originally reported as suitcases – contained explosives, he confirmed. Benoit Brulon, spokesman for the military force which patrols key sites in the city, said the man attacked the four-strong team after being refused entry with his bags. They had tried to fight the man off before opening fire, he said.
One of the soldiers suffered minor injuries, and one of the others then have fired back five times, seriously injuring the man, including in the stomach. Mr Cadot said that a second individual had been detained after being spotted “behaving suspiciously”, but that there did not appear to be a link between them and the attack. Chinese tourist Jiao Liyang was among the 250 people inside the museum at the time, and said they had been told to sit on the ground in a locked room as the area was put on lockdown.
The Interior Ministry said they would be evacuated in small groups as soon as the “necessary precautions” had been taken.
Armed forces have been in place across the French capital to reassure tourists in the city after two major terror attacks in 2015.