Armed robbery getaway car traced to Hucknall

THE GETAWAY car of a gang-of-three suspected of trying to rob a security van at gunpoint was tracked down in Hucknall.

The police helicopter and several squad cars were spotted carrying out an operation near Hucknall bypass shortly after the terrifying attack, which happened outside the Tesco Express store on Nottingham Road, Eastwood, on Friday July 22.

Officers later revealed they had traced the vehicle allegedly used in the attempted robbery.

The black Audi Quatro S3 was found by detectives at 2.30 pm on Kingsway Gardens off Watnall Road. This was just one hour after the alarm was raised.

Its registration is KU09 ZDM. The car also had a learner ‘L’ plate on the back.

Police believe the three suspects had the car in their possession ‘for a number of days’.

They also believe the car and the people using it may have been seen by others during the last week.

The attempted robbery happened at around 1.30 pm, when the suspects fired a gun while trying to steal cash from the security delivery van.

One of the security guards sustained a wound to his leg and received hospital treatment. No-one else was hurt.

The suspects made off empty-handed and got into the black Audi, which was empty and abandoned by the time officers recovered it.

It was initially seen to drive towards Ikea at Giltbrook.

Police set up a cordon around the area and the Tesco store was initially closed as the investigation got under way.

Anyone who believes they have seen the car in and around Hucknall, Eastwood or Nottingham is asked to contact the police on 0300 3009999.

Alternatively, get in touch through the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.