POLICE have named a man they are hunting after an armed robbery outside a supermarket where £235,000 was stolen from a security van.

Stevie Atkins, is wanted in connection with the attack which took place at Asda in Highfields Road, Witham, in December 2016.

Two security guards stopped at the Asda store to refill an ATM when they were robbed by two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a double-barrelled shotgun.

During the incident one of the guards was forced onto his knees whilst the other was ordered to remove money from their security van. The men then made off in a BMW 4x4 driven by a third man.

Threats were made towards the two guards and they were told they would “spend Christmas in hospital with a bullet in your legs” if they didn’t hurry up.

Officers now say they are seeking Atkins, 36, who also uses the name Stephen Michael Smith and has links to Romford and Mijas in Malaga, Spain.

He has been described as six foot, four inches tall, is of a muscular build and has a prominent scar under his right eye and a tribal tattoo on his left arm.

Last year Joe Turner, of Dagenham, was jailed for 15 years for his role as the getaway driver in the terrifying robbery.

Turner was the third man of the crew, waiting in a black BMW as the getaway driver.

The car was found abandoned an hour after the incident, in Speedwell Close, Witham, with false number plates.

The car had been covered in petrol and a lighter was found at the scene leading officers to believe attempts had been made to set it alight.

In the boot of the car, officers found a black bin bag containing other number plates.

Police later identified it as having been stolen during a burglary in Tiptree earlier in the year.

Anyone who knows of Atkins’ whereabouts is asked to contact Dc Sarah Winn on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Anyone in Spain who has information about Atkins’ whereabouts can call Crimestoppers on freephone 900 555 111.