Cash box snatched from Natwest in Northumberland Heath

This Is Local London: Police investigating the robbery from a G4S van outside Natwest (Picture: Wheelies Bike Shop) Police investigating the robbery from a G4S van outside Natwest (Picture: Wheelies Bike Shop)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after a cash box was taken from a security guard at Natwest in Northumberland Heath.

Witnesses said a G4S van arrived at the bank in Bexley Road about 9.10am on Thursday and an employee of the security company had the case of money snatched from him.

A barber at Toks05 next door said he had just opened up the shop when the incident happened.

The worker, who was too frightened to be named, told News Shopper: "I saw a man sitting down outside the shop and he gave me a strange look.

"I thought he was waiting for a bus.

"When the security guard was about to go into the bank he just grabbed the case.

"This is the first time something like this has happened.

"I was so scared. Why did this happen this morning? We never experience things like this here."

The witness said the robber was white and slim and took off across Bexley Road down Northumberland Park.

Gary Whiffin, manager of Game Exchange, just a couple of doors down from the Natwest branch in Bexley Road, said: "An older gentleman came out of the bank and ran down Northumberland Park.

"He seemed like a customer who had been in there at the time.

"He was shouting "stop that guy".

"He sounded distressed when he was shouting which is why it caught the attention."

Mr Whiffin said a police car was on the scene "within a minute or so" followed by two more and an unmarked car as shoppers and shop workers milled around in disbelief.

The bank was closed for nearly three-and-a-half hours after the robbery, opening again at 12.30pm.

The suspect was arrested in Austen Road at about 12.45pm and witnesses have described forensics being at the scene.

A 32-year-old resident of the road said: "There was a massive police presence in the road and I saw forensics working looking for clues.

"I called the police because I saw the man acting suspiciously.

"They were at the scene within five minutes which was very impressive."

Not long after the robbery an ambulance travelling to an unrelated incident struggled to get down Bexley Road as it was blocked by police cars, the G4S van, a bus and a Tesco delivery van.

A Bexley Police spokesman added: "At this early stage it appears that a cash in transit security guard was robbed of a quantity of cash.

"No weapons were seen or used.

"A 25-year-old male was arrested a short while later at an address in Erith and remains in custody at an East London Police Station.

"The cash box has been recovered."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Did you see what happened or have pictures? E-mail melissa.hills@london.newsquest.co.uk or call 01689 885726.

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7:57am Fri 4 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.
What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully. PaulErith
  • Score: 8

8:48am Fri 4 Apr 14

north.heath says...

This is a great case of community spirit in North Heath. From robbery to arrest in 3 hours. .. Great results. I wonder if any rewards will be offered from G4S or Natwest?
This is a great case of community spirit in North Heath. From robbery to arrest in 3 hours. .. Great results. I wonder if any rewards will be offered from G4S or Natwest? north.heath
  • Score: 5

1:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

PaulErith wrote:
What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.
I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out.
Anyway, The Wall...........wasn'
t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you......
It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.[/p][/quote]I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out. Anyway, The Wall...........wasn' t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you...... It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 6

1:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

PaulErith wrote:
What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.
I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out.
Anyway, The Wall...........wasn'
t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you......
It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.[/p][/quote]I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out. Anyway, The Wall...........wasn' t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you...... It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

PaulErith wrote:
What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.
I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out.
Anyway, The Wall...........wasn'
t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you......
It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.[/p][/quote]I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out. Anyway, The Wall...........wasn' t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you...... It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

PaulErith wrote:
What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.
I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out.
Anyway, The Wall...........wasn'
t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you......
It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: What a muppet. Did the bank job and got arrested a few hours later. Looking at a long prison sentence hopefully.[/p][/quote]I doubt it very much, there was no violence involved. Normally, they only get custodial sentences when there has been violence meted out. Anyway, The Wall...........wasn' t it good they caught the white man who made off with the cash? I wonder if he needed it to buy his drugs? or just to start up a cushy number abroad? Over to you...... It would be nice to see a good decent sentence being handed out from our judicial system. I know people that work in the security industry and it not only affects their well being but the family are also put through enormous stress trying to deal with the aftermath. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 1

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