Appeal following knifepoint robbery in Yeovil

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Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for information today after Tesco Express in The Forum, Yeovil was robbed at knifepoint nearly two weeks ago. The incident happened at about 5pm on Monday 2 April as the lone cashier, a 20-year-old woman, was working on the tills.

A man joined the queue and began letting others in front of him. When he got to the till, he threatened the employee with a knife, demanding money before making off with a quantity of tobacco.

The man is described as white with dark facial hair, about 40, of slim build and about 5’8″. He spoke quietly and was wearing a black beanie hat, green olive coloured coat, black top and jeans.

The knife was described as a Pirate-style knife with a long silver blade, about 20 cm long and 5 to 10 cm wide, with a black ornamental-style handle.

The police would like to speak to anyone who was in or near the shop at the time of the incident or recognises the man in the photo (see below).

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote reference 5218069675. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Two questions we should ask

  1. Why has it taken two weeks to get around to appealing to the public?
  2. Why did the Police think it was not a good idea to have knife bins in Yeovil? There are currently no knife surrender points in South Somerset.

Tesco CCTV 5218069675