Appeal: Robbery, Albion Street, Leeds

Detectives in Leeds are appealing for witnesses following a robbery of a city centre bank.

Police were called today ( August 3) to reports of an armed robbery at the Nationwide building society on Albion Street at 10.30am.

A male suspect, thought to be aged in his 40s, and wearing a black face mask and a dark hoody entered the premises and approached staff.

He then produced a note on which he had written a demand for money, and showed the cashier a bag he was carrying through which she could see what may have been the outline of a handgun.

The male then made off with a substantial amount of money. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect was wearing a dark hooded top and was described as stocky with short hair which had ‘fade effect’ shaved into the sides.

Detective James Entwistle of Leeds CID, said:  “Incidents like this are thankfully rare. It happened on a busy street in the centre of Leeds and people will have seen the suspect leaving the premises and his movements afterwards.

“I want to appeal directly to anyone who saw anything – and/or who may have been taking photos or videos at the time to get in contact to help with this ongoing investigation.

“The man we want to speak to in connection with the incident ran off through the Trinity shopping centre.  If you saw him or have information that might help call police on 101 quoting log 531 of today (Monday 3 August) or call the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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