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Appeal following attempted robbery in Henley-in-Arden

Officers are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery outside Lloyds Bank on High Street, Henley-in-Arden.

The incident occurred at 1.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 29 August) when a man and a woman from a local business were delivering their takings to the bank. A man got out of a white Audi saloon (registration FX62 WLK) and threatened them with a knife, demanding the money.

The offender was unsuccessful and fled the scene empty handed. He ran down an alleyway at the side of Arden Television Services before being picked up by the white Audi.

The car left High Street heading north in the direction of the M40 and Hockley Heath.

The man with the knife is described as being a white, around 5 foot 8 inches tall and aged between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing a light-blue hooded tracksuit top made out of silky material and blue tracksuit bottoms or jean. The hood of the tracksuit was pulled over his face and the rest of his face was covered with a scarf so only his eyes were visible.

The driver of the Audi is described as being Asian.

Detective Inspector Tim Sharp said: "The offenders left empty handed but this has left the victims extremely shaken. The incident occurred in the middle of the day so there is likely to have been people on the High Street and others in the surrounding area who may have seen the white Audi.

"While we're treating this as an isolated incident we would like to take the opportunity to advise businesses to take extra care when they are banking their takings. When you are going to the bank don't tell anyone where you are going, vary the time you go and the route you take, park as close as you can to the bank and when you get out your vehicle be aware of your surroundings, be on the lookout for suspicious people and vehicles. If you spot anything suspicious contact the police."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information that could help police with their enquiries can call 101 and quote incident 185 of 29 August 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 30/08/17