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Police have said a masked armed robber who collapsed and died at a betting shop, was already unconscious.
David Walker a witness at the scene said the gunman, who was named as Alan Levers, was pinned down by customers, while others raised the alarm. ITV's Nick Thatcher reports:
Plymouth police has said a gun used by a masked armed robber, who collapsed and died in a betting shop yesterday, appeared to be an imitation pistol. Police commander Chief Superintendent Andy Bickley issued a statement:
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A masked armed robber who collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookies in Plymouth was named by Devon and Cornwall Police today as 50-year-old Alan Levers.
A gunman who died after being restrained by customers in a bookmakers in Plymouth has been identified.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said
The man has been identified but next of kin have not yet been informed, police said.
Ladbrokes declined to comment when contacted this evening.
A masked armed robber collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookmakers in Plymouth, police said tonight.
The man, in his 50s, was believed to be wearing a gas mask and holding a gun when he stormed into a branch of Ladbrokes shortly before 7pm.
Customers disarmed the man, Devon and Cornwall Police said, and held him on the floor while others raised the alarm.
Police arrested the man, who was already unconscious, upon arrival but he was declared dead a short time later.
The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has been informed of the incident.