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Armed robbers on the run after holding-up security van

Police have sealed off the Asda supermarket in Witham after the security van robbery. Photo: Chris Myers

Three robbers, one believed to be armed with a shot gun, have escaped with a six figure sum of cash after holding up security guards at a supermarket in Essex.

Detectives are investigating the armed robbery on a security van at 8.40am at Asda in Witham.

Police remain at the scene. Asda is currently closed and the area around the supermarket remains cordoned off.

A six-figure sum of money was stolen after the security van was held-up at gunpoint. Credit: Chris Myers

"We understand this incident was extremely frightening, not only for those involved, but also for members of the public who witnessed it.

"Essex Police would like to reassure the public that our officers will be working around the clock to catch those responsible for this armed robbery and when, not if, we catch them they will face the full force of the law.”

– Det Chief Insp Stuart Smith, Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate

The guards were delivering cash to the store in Highfields Road when they were approached by three men, all wearing balaclavas, who demanded they hand over the money.

The guards handed over a six figure sum of money and the suspects fled the scene in a black 4 x 4 vehicle, possibly a BMW X6. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.

Armed officers were sent to the scene and carried out a search of the area. The search for the suspects is continuing.

Police officers remain at the scene of the Asda supermarket robbery in Essex. Credit: Chris Myers

"This robbery happened at a busy time of morning when the supermarket was open and lots of people were going about their daily business.

"If you saw this incident, or anything suspicious in the moments leading up to the robbery, then please contact us if you haven’t already.

"Equally if you saw this incident and have footage or photographs we would also be keen to speak to you."

– Det Chief Insp Stuart Smith, Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.