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Finchley bank robber said he 'had a bomb'

Finchley Road bank robber sought. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for information after a man entered a bank in the Swiss Cottage area and told staff he had a bomb before escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbery took place at Barclays Bank in Finchley Road, in north west London on July 12. The man passed a note to the cashier stating: 'I have a bomb give me the money.'

Anyone who recognises the man shown in the CCTV still or has information that may assist police is asked to contact Finchley Flying Squad on 020 8358 1751 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal for information after violent robbery

The robbery took place shortly before 12.45pm on Friday, 19 July, at the Western Union branch in Finchley Road, NW3.

Two men entered the store - one brandishing a handgun, the other armed with a sledgehammer.

The suspect holding the gun threatened to shoot staff and demanded they hand over money.

Meanwhile, the second suspect repeatedly struck the glass screen that separates staff from customers with the sledgehammer.

Between £8,000 and £10,000 was given to the men by a terrified staff member.

They then ran south down Finchley Road before turning left into Fitzjohns Avenue. They then got into a waiting car, a silver Renault Laguna, and drove away north, in the direction of Hampstead.


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