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article imageArmed robbery attempt at Stevenage Tesco Express, woman arrested Special

By Kev Hedges     Aug 24, 2011 in Crime
Stevenage - Several police units rushed to the scene of an armed robbery in progress at a Tesco Express store in the High Street, Old Stevenage on Tuesday night.
It was around 10.40pm local time when several police cars raced through the High Street and blocked off access to the road both at the junction by the library and also at the Cinnebar Cafe corner. Pedestrians were also denied access by police who were clearly dealing with some kind of major incident.
I managed to ask one of the officers, holding back large crowds that had begun to gather on street corners, what had happened. He told me, "there had been an armed robbery at the Tesco store". Tesco Express is open until 11.00pm each night and is the only store remaining open in the busy High Street for conveniences at that late hour. It would have been busy with shoppers. I asked at the time if the offender(s) were still at large but the duty officer declined to reveal any further information at the time.
I later learned that a 40-year-old woman was arrested at the scene after she had terrorised staff and shoppers with a gun. She was arrested at the scene and remains in custody Wednesday morning, according to local press. Old Stevenage Police announced on Twitter that, "there was an incident in the High Street but the suspect was quickly arrested and events brought to a swift & safe conclusion."
The road was reopened by 11.25pm and an effective police operation had been carried out by a force who are on high alert in case of disorder incidents. Officers confirmed a handgun was recovered which is being examined by firearm experts as investigations continue.
Tesco Express the Stevenage High Street store where an attempted robbery took place at gunpoint on A...
Tesco Express the Stevenage High Street store where an attempted robbery took place at gunpoint on August 23, 2011. A 40-year-old woman was arrested at the scene.
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