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Budgens robbery: Knifeman escapes in Sawbridgeworth supermarket manager's car with contents of safe



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Police are investigating an armed robbery at Gravelle's Budgens supermarket in Sawbridgeworth early on Monday (Sept 27) in which a manager was threatened with a knife.

The incident happened just over an hour before the London Road store opened for business at 7am and while the manager was alone before other staff members began arriving for work.

The robber escaped in his victim's car with the contents of the supermarket's safe.

Gravelle's Budgens supermarket in London Road. Picture: Vikki Lince
Gravelle's Budgens supermarket in London Road. Picture: Vikki Lince

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area at around 5.50am who might have seen the suspect, described only as a black man, who got away with what is believed to be a large sum of money.

Detectives and scenes-of-crime officers have spent the morning examining the scene while officers from Bishop's Stortford police's Safer Neighbourhood Team conducted house-to-house inquiries. Budgens staff have only just been allowed to return to work.

The manager, who has not been named, told the Indie: "I was at the store by myself just before the other staff were due to turn up.

"It was a knife robbery and he took the contents of the safe from the store and then my car, but this has now been found luckily and I'm fine."

Insp Mark Collins said: "It's very early on in the investigation and we are currently downloading CCTV and have numerous lines of inquiry to follow up.

"It happened early in the morning, so if anybody saw this male or anything that appeared suspicious or out of place, please phone Herts police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously."

Anyone with information can also report it online at herts.police.uk/report or speak to an operator in the force communications room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the independent charity's untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.



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