Three suspects robbed an Essex supermarket, armed with a hatchet and a crowbar. 

Essex Police are investigating a robbery at the Co-op store in Lawling Avenue, Heybridge, which took place on Tuesday evening. 

At around 9.15pm, three suspects entered the store with what is believed to be a hatchet and a crowbar, according to the police. 

They stole cash from the till and smashed some wine bottles, and luckily no one was injured. 

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Robbed - The Coop in Lawling Avenue, Heybridge, was robbed on March 26

All suspects were wearing dark clothes and had their faces covered, while one of them was wearing a blue coat and blue baseball cap. 

Another one was wearing a puffer style jacket. 

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston said: “We know hearing about this robbery will be concerning to people. 

“We want to reassure you that our officers are fully investigating this incident. 

“If you have any concerns please come and talk to an officer.” 

It is not the first time the store has been targeted.

A trio of masked men escaped with cash and cigarettes after threatening staff in November 2021.

They were armed with a crowbar and a hammer, and fled the area in a grey BMW with no registration plate.

There were no injuries.

A teenager suffered minor injuries in another raid on the store in October 2015.

In that incident two men armed with knives and with their faces covered by ski masks or balaclavas entered the store.

Anyone with information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to the latest incident is urged to get in touch with Essex Police, quoting incident 1224 of March 26. 

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on their website or call 0800 555111.