CCTV clue in Poulton bank raid

A robbery took place at the NatWest bank on Market Street in Poulton.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-12-2012

A robbery took place at the NatWest bank on Market Street in Poulton. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-12-2012

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THIS is the man police believe threatened staff with a gun during a terrifying bank robbery.

The man – who police today revealed fled the scene on a mountain bike – told workers at Poulton’s NatWest branch he had a gun before making off with a bag full of cash.

This is the man police want to speak to in connection with a robbery at the NatWest bank, in Poulton, on Wednesday December 19.

This is the man police want to speak to in connection with a robbery at the NatWest bank, in Poulton, on Wednesday December 19.

The dramatic scenes unfolded in the Market Place bank just before 4pm on Wednesday, when the robber walked into the bank and demanded money from the cashier before warning her he was armed with a gun.

As the police inquiry into the terrifying incident continues, officers have said the man – who was wearing a cycle helmet at the time of the raid – arrived on a mountain bike from the direction on Blackpool Old Road.

And police are hoping shoppers in Poulton’s busy town centre may have seen the culprit.

Det Sgt Paul Stables, from Wyre CID, said: “I would appeal to anyone who recognises this man to come forward and contact the police. The area was busy at the time of this robbery and somebody must have seen this man leave the bank and make good of his escape.

“A team of detectives is working on this investigation and we are studying local CCTV footage and also speaking to people who were in the area at the time to see if they witnessed anything.

“People who were in the area and have information must come forward and assist us as we need to find the person responsible and bring him to justice.”

No-one was hurt in the incident, and the cashier did not see a weapon.

The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 30 and around 5ft 6ins tall. He was wearing a black jacket, bicycle helmet and sunglasses.

He was carrying what is believed to be a beige Next bag. Anybody with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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