Police swoop on pub and chase out drinker who was wanted for serious crime

A man wanted for a robbery involving a machete was chased by police on foot after he was spotted in a pub 10 months after his crime. Steven Hender was one of two robbers who targeted a security officer making a cash delivery on November 7, 2018. Hender, 33, and another man approached the security guard as he was making a delivery at Tesco Express on busy main road, Queens Drive, in West Derby.

As the pair approached him, one of the men was holding a machete and demanding money from the cash box. The guard escaped unharmed, but the robbers took the box and fled in a red Renault Kadjar car with a third man. The car was found abandoned a short time later on nearby Moscow Drive and the unopened cash box was located on Barkiss Close, Toxteth.

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Nearly a year later, on February 15, 2020, Hender was in the Victoria pub, in Rainhill, when police rushed in after a tip-off.

Hender shoved one of the police officers before fleeing the pub by the back door. A spokesman for the police said: “He was chased on foot by officers and detained nearby where he assaulted an officer. When Hender was searched, a knife was found along with a large quantity of cash and a number of car keys.

“He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, possession of criminal property and two counts of assaulting a constable in relation to that incident.” Hender was jailed for for 15 years, 10 months for his crimes. Detective Constable Neil Rawley said: “We welcome the fact that Hender has received such a significant sentence for his crimes, and hope he spends his time in prison reflecting on the impact his actions have had on others.

Keep up to date with crime in your area by adding your postcode below: “Robberies of security guards are not victimless crimes and it is unacceptable for this guard to have been subjected to this ordeal while he was just trying to carry out his job. “We have seen a significant fall in cash-in-transit robberies in recent years in Merseyside, and work very closely with businesses and security companies to ensure they have security measures in place, and have CCTV and other recording equipment to deter offenders and secure evidence against those who do carry out such robberies.

“Our message to anyone thinking of carrying out such an offence is clear – don’t, because we will do everything in our power to find you and bring you to justice. You will not ned up sitting at home counting money – you will end up in a prison cell for a long time, like Hender.” Det Con Rawley added: “These robberies cause deep distress to those at the brunt of the attacks, people who live and work in our communities who should be able to go about their jobs without the fear of being threatened, intimidated or assaulted.

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“For their sake, we will continue to use all the powers available to us to target these criminals, prevent offences to protect them, and bring those responsible to justice.

“We urge anyone with any information about those involved in these kind of incidents, or about any suspicious activity around cash-in-transit vehicles or ATMs, to call us so we can take action against them before they have opportunity to carry out these crimes.”

Direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter or message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook if you have any information, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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