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Police name masked gunman

A masked armed robber who collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookies was named by Plymouth police today as Alan Levers.

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Police: Masked gunman used 'imitation pistol'

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:

Last night's events resulted in the tragic death of a Plymouth man. The deceased is a 50-year-old man from the Honicknowle area of the city. A forensic post-mortem has been carried out today but formal identification has not yet been completed.

I can also clarify that there were four people in the shop at the time of the incident and they have all supported our inquiries. I can confirm that no one has been arrested in connection with this death, nor has anyone been questioned under caution as a suspect at this time.

I can share with you that the firearm has been initially examined by a police firearms officer and it appears to be an imitation pistol, though this still needs to be verified.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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