FOUR men have been arrested following a robbery at the Tesco Express in Derry Avenue, South Ockendon, which happened just before 6.50am on Saturday, December 5.
A man jumped over the checkout counter armed with a knife and removed a large quantity of cigarettes. Those arrested have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until February 24 and 25. They have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and also of burglary in connection with the theft of cigarettes from the same store on December 3.
Dc Nicola Hadfield, investigating officer, is appealing for witnesses in connection with both incidents, in particular a woman who was in the Tesco store with her daughter and another man who may have seen the robbery on December 5. She also wants to trace a man who saw the burglary in progress on December 3 at 7.10am.
These people, or anyone else with information is asked to contact Dc Hadfield at Grays CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.