Security guard shot in attempted robbery at Tesco store

Police cars outside Tesco
Image caption The suspects escaped empty-handed

A security guard has been shot in the leg during an attempted robbery at a Tesco Express store in Nottinghamshire.

Police were called to the store in Nottingham Road in Eastwood at about 13:30 BST after reports of an attempted robbery of cash from a security van.

The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police found a black Audi Quatro S3, in which the three suspects fled empty-handed, abandoned in Hucknall.

The car, registration KU09 ZDM and which had an L plate on the back, was found on Kingsway Gardens, Watnall Road, an hour after the attempted robbery.

Police believe the three suspects had the car for a number of days and that the car and those using it may have been seen by other people.

G4S van

A spokeswoman for G4 Security, which owns the van, confirmed one of its employees had been shot.

The company has a contract to handle cash for ATM machines at Tesco stores and staff were filling up the machine at the Eastwood store when the raid took place.

In a statement, the spokeswoman said: "We understand our employee was attacked by two assailants. At least one was armed with a firearm.

"He was shot in the leg just above the kneecap. He is receiving hospital treatment for his injuries which are serious but not life-threatening."

Nottinghamshire Police have asked anyone with information about the raid to contact them.

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