CCTV shows armed robbery at Tesco Extra store in Hythe

CCTV footage has been released of the shocking moment workers at a New Forest Tesco store were held at knifepoint during a robbery.

Shaun Andrew Havard raided the Tesco Express store at Langdown Lawn in Hythe in an attempt to get money for drugs, a court has heard.

Entering the store in a hoodie, in an attempt to conceal his identity, Havard blocked the automatic doors with a trolley of baskets.

He then grabbed a store clerk and threatened her with a knife, ordering her to take him to the checkouts.

Robbery at Hythe Tesco Express. Photo by: SCP.

Upon reaching the counter, the salesman managed to break free by removing the jacket Havard was holding on to.

Photos of the incident, shown in court and made public to the Echo by the Crown Prosecution Service, show the 35-year-old jumping over the counter and ordering another worker to open the till.

The worker began loading cash into a Tesco bag, before handing it over to Havard and loading it with packets of cigarettes, as the armed robber demanded.

Havard, with no fixed address, then left the store, leaving staff to call the police as shoppers looked on.

Daily Echo: Robbery at Hythe Tesco Express.  Photo by: SCP.Robbery at Hythe Tesco Express. Photo by: SCP.

Continuing, Martyn Booth told Southampton Crown Court how one of the cigarette packets had in fact been a ‘decoy’ and included a tracker which was used to track down Havard.

On the same day, July 10, officers were driven to Maritime Avenue, where they found the thief in a car.

During a search of a nearby property, items stolen from the store were found and Havard was arrested.

Mr Booth added that six packs of cigarettes and £385 in cash were stolen and it left the seller “petrified”.

Daily Echo: Robbery at Hythe Tesco Express.  Photo by: SCP.Robbery at Hythe Tesco Express. Photo by: SCP.

In a statement read out in court, one of the victims said: “I am very apprehensive about going back to work.

“I’m still in shock now. I was so convinced the man would use the knife.

Another added: “Since then I’m still getting panic attacks and haven’t slept well, I was completely terrified.”

Mitigating Christopher Gager said Havard was “ashamed of his behavior”, explaining that he had a “long-standing problem with drugs” and committed the robbery in order to fund his habit.

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But the judge, Mr Recorder Nicholas Haggan KC, said Havard’s actions had had a “very significant effect” and that the victims found it “extremely difficult to return to work”.

As reported, Harvard previously pleaded guilty to theft and threatening a person with a bladed or sharp item, and was jailed for six years.

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