Local Sainsbury’s cash machine stolen while being replenished

MASKED men made off with a substantial amount of cash after threatening security guards who were filling up a cash machine at Sainsbury’s Local, in Teesside. Reporter CELIA ALONSO investigates.

 

IT was a very normal start to the day for the Sainsbury’s workers and the Crescent Road neighbourhood.

But all that changed between six and half past six, just after the store opened, when masked men wielding a machete stole a substantial amount of cash from the supermarket’s cash machine.

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Police cordoning the Sainsbury’s area

After making all the workers stay inside the store, the two robbers fled the scene in a dark car that had been parked up nearby.

Still reeling from the shock of the crime, nearby resident Sana Kapoor, of Crescent Road said: “I didn’t hear anything. Now I’m a bit afraid of leaving my house alone – I didn’t expected something like this to happen so close to where I’m living”.

Police cordoned the area between Costa Street and Aire Street after the robbery and made door-to-door inquiries with residents living within the police cordon.

David, a Teesside student living in the area, explained: “Police knocked at my door early in the morning, I didn’t know what was going on until they asked me for information.

“I didn’t hear anything as I was sleeping.”

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Carrying out door-to-door inquiries

Later that morning a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there was a robbery at our Crescent Road Local store this morning. No one was harmed and we are working with the police on their investigations.”

Police finally left the area at midday letting Sainsbury workers reopen the store.

So is crime in Middlesbrough increasing or do people just feel less safe?

According to recent statistics, overall crime in Middlesbrough since 2003 has actually gone down.

 

TEES VALLEY CRIME RATES- OVERALL CRIME (PER 1000 POPULATION)

YEARS

DARLINGTON

HATERPOOL

MIDDLESBROUGH

REDCAR & CLEVELAND

STOCKTON

2003-2004

117.9

155.3

179.6

108.7

105.6

2004-2005

100.0

122.3

179.1

104.1

97.1

2005-2006

116.3

129.2

185.3

117.6

98.4

2006-2007

111.1

116.1

177.6

116.9

93.5

2007-2008

94.6

110.6

169.0

110.8

92.2

2008-2009

89.8

98.1

143.9

83.4

75.3

2009-2010

80.7

83.2

123.1

75.4

61.5

2010-2011

No Data

79.6

106.9

68.8

55.5

2011-2012

82.6

77.8

108.6

67.6

59.4

2012-2013

66.8

70.3

100.7

58.1

57.9

 

 

TEES VALLEY CRIME RATES- TOTAL THEFT (PER 1000 POPULATION)

YEARS DARLINGTON HATERPOOL MIDDLESBROUGH REDCAR & CLEVELAND STOCKTON
2003-2004 50.0 65.8 71.5 39.1 36.1
2012-2013 No Data 24.0 39.9 21.1 22.3

 

If we compare some of the crime data from Middlesbrough with the national data we can see why people are so worried about their safety in the city.

In 2011/2012 the Total Crime rate of Middlesbrough was 108.6 whereas the national rate is around 79.1. That means Middlesbrough Total Crime rate is 20% above the national rate.

So will the incident at Sainsbury’s be a one-off or is the start of more to come?

Well while fear of crime is maybe higher than actual crime, it is still a big problem for many that needs tackling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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