Gunman raids building society

A TRILBY-wearing gunman is being hunted by police after he raided a Suffolk building society.The incident happened in Southwold at around 4pm on Friday when a man entered the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in the Market Place and demanded cash.

A TRILBY-wearing gunman was being hunted by police last night after he raided a Suffolk building society.

The incident happened in Southwold at around 4pm yesterday when a man entered the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in the Market Place and demanded cash.

After threatening staff with what appeared to be a gun, a quantity of cash was handed over and the offender, who was wearing a trilby-style hat pulled over his eyes, left the premises.

It is believed the man, who was described as white and was also wearing a beige jacket and black scarf, then got into a car.

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No-one was injured during the incident and no shots were fired.

The incident happened on the same day as police revisited the scene of another armed robbery in which a security courier was injured with the butt of a gun.

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Exactly one week earlier two men held up a Securicor van in Nacton Road, Ipswich and made off with cash in an incident which was an almost exact replica of another raid on a cash-in-transit van 12 weeks earlier.

Both took place outside Lloyds TSB at exactly the same time on a Friday morning as couriers collected cash from the bank. However, police believe separate gangs were responsible for the attacks.

Police spoke to more than 100 people between 9am and 10am yesterday in the area around the bank where a red VW Golf was found abandoned not long after the robbery had taken place.

Detective Inspector Dave Cutler said: “We would like to thank everyone who we spoke to who were all very co-operative.

“We spoke to a number of people who had been in the area last week and witnessed the robbery. The information these people have given us will now be looked at in greater detail and will hopefully move the investigation forward.”

In last week's incident a security van guard was approached by two men in balaclavas who demanded cash and ripped off his helmet.

He was then hit around the face with the butt of a handgun and sustained an eye injury which needed treatment at hospital. The guard handed over cash and the two men ran off in the direction of Nacton Crescent.

Both men wore dark balaclavas, the first was of stocky build and wore a fluorescent jacket. The second man wore a dark coloured jacket.

The red VW Golf, registration D308 XFG, was found abandoned in nearby Serpentine Road. The vehicle is currently being forensically examined and police believe it is connected to the robbery.

Police would still like to hear from anyone with information about the Ipswich incident. They should call Sgt Paul Crick at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police officers would also like to hear from anyone who was in the area of the Southwold building society at around the time of yesterday's offence. Anyone with information is asked to call Lowestoft CID via the central switchboard on 01473 613500.

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