24 April 2012
Man arrested following attempted robbery in Lightwater
A man has been arrested in under an hour of an attempted robbery from a delivery guard outside a
bank in Lightwater.
The incident happened at around 10am this morning (Tuesday, 24 April) when a cash in transit van
arrived to deliver money to Barclays bank in The Square. The driver got out of the vehicle and was
making his way towards the bank, when he was made aware of a man behind him, who was wearing
a mask and carrying a hammer.
The would-be assailant realised he had been spotted and made off. He drove away in a blue BMW
which had been stolen in a burglary from the Thames Valley area. Officers from the Targeted Patrol
Team, Roads Policing Unit and CID worked together with the force helicopter to locate the suspect
and the vehicle at a hospital in Ashtead.
Detective Inspector Mark Parry investigating said: “This was a traumatic experience for the driver who
was going about his every day job when he was alerted to the attempted robbery. It was thanks to
the quick thinking of the member of public who warned him, that no injuries were suffered and the
offender ran off. Within minutes of the offence Surrey Police officers were tracking the stolen car and
eventually found it at the hospital, where the driver had gone inside in an attempt to get away.
“I would ask anyone who has any information relating to the incident or who was in the vicinity of the
bank in Lightwater at the time of the crime to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting P12115194.
Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
A 30-year-old man from London is currently in custody in connection with the incident.
A further suspect is being sought.
For more information call Margaret Cole, Fast-time Communications Officer for West Surrey based at
Guildford on 01483 630262
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