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Appeal to identify Teddington armed robber

News   •   Aug 01, 2017 05:00 BST

IMAGE: The armed suspect inside the bank in Teddington

Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad are releasing CCTV footage of a man they would like to trace in connection with an armed robbery in a bank.

On Friday, 10 March 2017, at around 14:30hrs, the suspect approached a bank in Broad Street, Teddington, and peered through the door.

A short time later he returned and entered the premises with his face concealed by a balaclava.

He approached the counter and threatened staff with a gun he pulled from a blue plastic carrier bag before demanding money.

The man was confronted by a member of the public who attempted to restrain him, but after a brief struggle the suspect managed to escape with over £150.

The suspect is described as a man aged between 30 and 40 years old. He was wearing a grey hooded top with a cap, black gloves, a black satchel bag and dark trousers. He also wore ‘Nike’ trainers with what appears to be a red tick.

Detective Constable Mike Bunn, of the Met’s Flying Squad, who are leading the investigation, said: “This was a brazen robbery on a busy high street which left members of staff at the branch terrified. The robber travelled to the bank on a men's mountain bike and it is possible that he may live locally. I am urging anyone who recognises the man in the footage to contact us."

Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Mike Bunn by calling 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org, quoting reference J/03680/2017 241386.