AN OXFORDSHIRE Tesco store was robbed at gunpoint at 5.30am this morning.

Staff at the Tesco Express in Middleton Road, Banbury, were opening up the premises this morning when three men with face coverings and carrying guns and crowbars barged into the store.

Staff were threatened and forced to try and open the safe but were unable to.

When a member of the public looked in through the window of the shop the robbers fled empty-handed.

Detective Constable Richard Lewis of Banbury Force CID, investigating, said: “While this was obviously deeply upsetting for the staff, it was fortunate that nobody was injured during this incident.

“We would urge anyone who saw the offenders or anyone acting suspiciously around the Tesco Express store this morning to call us as a matter of urgency on 101 quoting ref 145 6/12.”