Armed Robbery In Chester-Le-Street

5 August 2013, 14:35 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A five figure sum of money's been stolen after two security guards who were delivering cash to a Tesco store in the town were robbed.

Police were called around 2:30pm on Sunday the 4th of August to reports that two security guards had been robbed.

The men were delivering cash to the cashpoint immediately opposite the entrance to the Tescos store on North Burns in the town centre, when a man appeared from bushes at the bottom of an embankment near to the cash point.

The man hit one of the security guards in the chest with a long blunt instrument and knocked him to the ground.

The man made off, with a large sum of cash through some bushes up the embankment opposite the store.

The security guard was left shaken and was treated at the scene for minor cuts and bruises.

A member of the public gave chase up the embankment and was confronted by the suspect and another man who pointed what appeared to be a firearm at him and warned him to get back. Both men then continued up the embankment.

These men are described as 5ft 5 inches tall and of stocky build wearing a blue or green coat and 6 feet tall and of medium build wearing dark clothing, both had their faces covered.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller leading the investigation said
"I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area mentioned between 1pm and 3pm yesterday and saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward.

We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who was in the vicinity of Morningside Court at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.

This was clearly a very distressing experience for the security guards involved and a five figure sum of money has been taken.

With this in mind I would urge people to think carefully about anything suspicious they may have seen. I would like to reassure people that an investigation team are working hard and pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to apprehend those responsible.

Anyone with any information should contact police immediately."

Police can be contacted on 101 or alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.