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