Brutal attack on security guard at Colletts Drive Tesco, Cheltenham
FAMILIES looked on in horror as a security guard working at a Cheltenham superstore was brutally attacked in front of them.
Police officers rushed to the Tesco superstore in Colletts Drive at about 6.50pm on Monday after reports a security guard had been assaulted.
A spokeswoman for the police said a man had walked into the store and hit the victim on the head.
According to an eyewitness, a metal bat was used in the attack.
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The 45-year-old security guard from Cheltenham was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital for treatment for a cut to his head.
A spokesman for South West Ambulance Service described the head injury as “significant”.
A mother-of-two, who was shopping in the store with her children, was horrified by the attack.
She said: “It all happened so quickly, it was unbelievable.
“A man had just walked into the store and hit the security guard on the head. The guard was just minding his own business at the booth, and there was blood everywhere.
“I think he was hit with a metal bat, but I didn’t really see what happened because it was over so quickly. The man ran away and the guard was bleeding from his head.
“The police and ambulance service got there quite quickly.
“It was horrible for the children to see. We had to get away from there.”
Borough Councillor John Rawson (LD, St Peter’s) said: “This was clearly a nasty and brutal attack and it’s a sad day for Cheltenham when something like this can happen in a normally safe place like a supermarket. “I am sure the sympathy of the whole community will go out to the security guard who was injured. I’m sure we are also hoping the person responsible for this crime is caught and receives an exemplary punishment. We cannot afford to be complacent in the face of such appalling violence.”
The police spokeswoman said: “Nobody should have to face violence and abuse in their day-to-day work and this matter will be thoroughly investigated to find the individual responsible and bring them to justice.”
A spokeswoman for Tesco called it an “unfortunate incident” and that they were supporting police with their investigations.
She confirmed the security guard was an employee of Total Security Services.
James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association, said: “The public-facing nature of their work makes falling victim to attack a very real threat for security personnel across the UK, and security officers demonstrate admirable bravery in performing a duty that is essential.
“Attacks can have long-
lasting physical and psychological effects, and it’s important that every effort is made to minimise these risks and maximise the safety of officers who are simply doing their job.”
The offender is described as a white man, around six-feet tall, with short dark hair, wearing a navy blue coat and blue jeans.
Anyone with any information about the assault should call Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident number 428 of September 23.