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Friday 24 November 2017

Latest Ridgewood robbery prompts petition demanding extra security

The Tesco store in Ridgewood was hit by an armed raider last week
The Tesco store in Ridgewood was hit by an armed raider last week

John Manning

Residents are calling for a full-time security guard to be posted at their local Tesco Express after the store in Ridgewood was hit by an armed robbery, last week.

On the evening of Monday, July 3 at 10pm, the Tesco Express in Ridgewood saw two raiders enter the store. One remained at the door while the other brandished a suspected firearm at staff and demanded cash. Staff opened the till and the raider grabbed the cash and fled the scene on foot along with his accomplice. 

The raid was captured on CCTV and those images are now being analysed by investigating officers at Swords Garda Station.

Both raiders were male with the man who stood watch at the door of the store described as being 6ft tall, wearing a navy and black Northface jacket with a hood, navy tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe, dark coloured runners, thinsulate gloves and a dark-coloured scarf across his face. The second man who brandished a weapon in the raid, is described as 5ft 6" tall, wearing a dark coloured rain jacket with a hood, dark tracksuit bottoms, gloves and a scarf hiding his face.

This is the second time this year that this store has been hit by a robbery, with the other incident taking place in February although on that occasion, no weapon was used.

There has been 65 reported incidents at the store in the last 13 years, although the majority of these have been cases of shoplifting, according to garda sources. A total of nine robberies, armed and unarmed have taken place at the store in the same period, the Fingal Independent understands.

The latest raid prompted a response from the Ridgewood Residents Assocation who told their members on social media: 'As a result of the incident at Tesco last Monday evening, many residents have been in touch with Tesco Ireland, online and by phone, to voice their concern, for staff, customers and local residents alike. 

'A petition has also been filed and you may add your voice.'

Ridgewood Residents Assocation are to enter a dialogue with Tesco and the petition which had 89 signatures at the time of writing, states: 'We the residents of the Ridgewood Estate ask Tesco to provide a full time security guard at the Tesco Express in Ridgewood Swords. 

'In light of last night's robbery and their frequency, it is becoming increasingly worrying for the staff and also the customers and our children using this store. 

'With no full time security we feel Tesco is providing an easy target for robbers to enter our estate. Please help us make Tesco and indeed Ridgewood safe for us all.'

The petition is available on petitions.ie

Fingal Independent

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