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Police appeal for witnesses after £25,000 bank raid
8:05am Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
DETECTIVES have renewed their appeal for information a week after a £25,000 robbery of cash to a bank in a busy Hampshire high street.
Two thieves struck during a delivery of cash to Lloyds TSB Bank in the High Street, Ringwood The incident saw half a dozen havea- go heroes try to stop the robbers getting away.
A G4S security man, 64, was approaching the bank entrance when he was grabbed by one of the robbers who took the money.
Bystanders chased the robber who ran to a black Honda SH300 moped which was waiting with an accomplice in the High Street.
The moped was recovered by police a short time later in the grounds of Oak Mount Care Home, Poulner.
No one was hurt during the robbery but bank staff and the guard were left shaken up by what happened.
Detectives want to speak to anyone who has not yet come forward.
They also want to hear from anyone who saw two men abandon the moped and get into another vehicle in Poulner.
DC Naomi Mellish, who is leading the investigation, said: “We need to speak to every witness to the robbery itself and the transfer from the moped to another vehicle.
“The switch of transport might not have seemed important to a witness at the time.
“But information about that change of vehicle is vital to our inquiries.”
Detectives also want to hear from anyone who saw the moped arrive in the High Street or who saw suspicious people in the area in the days leading up to the offence.
DC Mellish added: “The moped was distinctive in that it was black with a full windscreen and a rear top box, and the two men on the moped were dressed in dark clothing.
“In addition, the moped was driven the wrong way up a one-way street when it left the High Street.
“If you saw any of this activity, we need to hear from you.
“This was a bold attack during daylight hours on the High Street of a busy market town.
“The men who carried out this robbery had no regard for the safety of anyone around them, and they need to be stopped.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Operation Helicon at Lyndhurst CID on 101 or the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
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