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Coffee break officers foil armed robbery at café

Armed response officers arrest early morning raider

Firearms officers queueing at a drive-through café foiled an early morning armed robbery.

The actions of the Northamptonshire Police officers were praised by their chief constable – who also took the opportunity to publicly state that he supports personnel taking breaks in public.

The force’s armed response vehicle account said on Twitter: “At 0500hrs this morning two armed men went into Starbucks. They threatened staff with weapons and stole cash.

“They didn’t account for armed officers sat in the Drive-Thru ordering a coffee at the same time. Despite violent resistance, a male has been arrested.”

Chief Constable Nick Adderley, who recently took over at the East Midlands force, replied: “A fantastic job. Armed officers had to ‘self authorise’ draw their weapons and pursue the armed robbers.

“Offender arrested and cash recovered. Hopefully this will quieten down those who criticise the police for having refreshments on duty!! Great work - thank you.”

He went on to explain that authorised firearms officers don’t need to seek authority to draw their weapons if they believe a delay would be detrimental to public or officer safety.

He said: ”This highlights the incredible responsibility AFO’s have and why they deserve our full support."

“I actively encourage my officers and staff to take refreshments (when they can) in public. Engaging with the public and being a visible deterrent is a big plus to this too,” he added.

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