Midhurst supermarket armed robbery — Manager speaks out after staff are threatened

Support is being given to two members of staff who were threatened with a 'long bladed weapon' during a robbery at a Midhurst supermarket.

Earlier today, Sussex Police released a witness appeal following the robbery at Cavanaghs Budgens of Midhurst, in which thousands of pounds in cash was stolen, on Thursday night (November 28).

Sussex Police released a witness appealfollowing therobbery at Cavanaghs Budgens of Midhurst, in which thousands of pounds in cash was stolen. Photo: Google Street View

Sussex Police released a witness appealfollowing therobbery at Cavanaghs Budgens of Midhurst, in which thousands of pounds in cash was stolen. Photo: Google Street View

Police said a man entered the store in White City shortly before 9pm, after it had closed for business, and threatened the two members of staff present with a 'long bladed weapon'. He then took 'several thousand pounds in cash' from the safe before making off, police revealed. Read more here
David Laight, area manager of the store, said: "We are pleased that our colleagues, physically, are not hurt.

"We are doing everything we can to support them and help them come to terms with what happened."

Detective Constable Andrea Watts has said the two staff members were 'unhurt but very shaken by the experience'.

She added: "The suspect is described as having mid-to-dark black skin, wearing black scarf concealing his lower face. He was about 5’11”, of stocky build and did not have a distinctive accent of any type.

"He wore a navy blue mid-thigh length jacket with the hood up which zipped up, and matching navy blue trousers – both were made of waterproof material . He was carrying a black bag as well as the weapon.

"If you were in Midhurst town centre on Thursday evening at around that time and saw any suspicious activity, or if you have any other information that could help our investigation, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1416 of 28/11."

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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