Witness appeal - attempted armed robbery - Barclays Bank - West Derby

Detectives have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to following an attempted armed robbery at a bank in West Derby on Thursday, 13 March 2014.

Officers were called to Barclays bank on Mill Road around 4pm after receiving reports that a man had entered the bank and threatened staff with what is believed to have been a small hand gun.

The man left the bank without any money after the alarms activated and a fogging device was deployed. He was seen walking towards Marford Road.

Officers are investigating the incident and are examining CCTV from the area as part of their enquiries.

The offender is described as black, of thin build, around 6ft tall and was wearing dark clothing with his face covered. 

Detective Inspector Andy Ephgrave said: "This was a brazen attempt to rob a bank and would have been a terrifying experience for the staff and customers.

"Credit must be given to Barclays for training their staff in the use of the fogging device. I am sure that its activation helped to prevent this robbery from taking place."

He added: "There would have been lots of people around at the time of the incident and I appeal to anyone who may have seen a man matching this description acting suspiciously in the area to contact us."

Merseyside Police is appealing for the man in the CCTV or anyone who recognises him to come forward.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4869, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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