Independent charity Crimestoppers and security firm G4S are today offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information on the robbery of a security van in Chester-le-Street.
Police were called to a Tesco supermarket on Sunday August 4th at 2:30pm after two security guards had been robbed while delivering cash to a cashpoint immediately opposite the entrance to the store on North Burns in the town centre.
The suspect has then appeared from a bush and struck one of the security guards in the chest with a long blunt instrument and knocked him to the ground. He then made off with a large sum of cash through some bushes up the embankment opposite the store.
A member of the public gave chase, but was confronted by the suspect and another man who pointed what appeared to be a firearm at him and warned him to get back.
The first man is described as 5ft 5 inches tall and of stocky build wearing a blue or green coat, and the second is 6 feet tall and of medium build wearing dark clothing - both had their faces covered.
Crimestoppers and G4S are offering this reward of up to £5,000 for information passed to the charity’s 0800 555 111 number that leads to an arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this crime.
North East Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, Dave Hunter, said: “Two men doing their daily job have been left badly shaken by this incident, with one being injured during this robbery, while a substantial amount of money has also been stolen from the scene.
“It infuriates me that people think they can just take what they want and get away with it, which is why I would urge the public to do the right thing and come forward with any information they might have, anonymously. We won’t ask for any of your personal details, only the details of the two men involved in this crime.”
G4S Cash Director of Operations, Paul Tolhurst, said: "Our cash couriers are the backbone of our business and they have the right to do their job without fear of attack. This was a violent incident, which left one of our colleagues injured, and I urge anyone who might have information to help bring these attackers to justice to get in touch with Crimestoppers.”
Keen to hear from anyone with information
Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller who is leading the investigation commented: "Although my investigation team is pursuing a number of lines of enquiry we remain keen to hear from anyone with any information. Hopefully the £5,000 reward offered for the arrest and subsequent conviction of the people responsible for this will encourage anyone with a key piece of information to come forward."
If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.
*Note: Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to police will not qualify.
For more information please contact Crimestoppers Media Officer Kieran Theivam on 0208 835 3727 or email Kieran.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form.
- Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 122,000 arrests and charges. Over £126 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £299 million worth of drugs has been seized.
- In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,300 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.