Axe robbers could have been caught on CCTV cameras

114194-9160 BANK RAID (JN) MRW 26/11/2011''The scene on Saturday morning in Park Parade Leigh Park where the Nationwide was robbed late on Friday evening '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114194-9160)
114194-9160 BANK RAID (JN) MRW 26/11/2011''The scene on Saturday morning in Park Parade Leigh Park where the Nationwide was robbed late on Friday evening '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114194-9160)
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DETECTIVES are analysing CCTV footage in the hunt for armed raiders who smashed their way into a building society in Leigh Park.

Police are viewing images of the late-night heist at Nationwide in Park Parade in which two G4S couriers were attacked as they restocked a cash machine.

Detectives said they were not able to release the CCTV footage yesterday after a request from The News.

No arrests have been made and the search is still on for the getaway car, a black Volkswagen Golf, which officers believe may be found dumped or burnt-out.

Yesterday it was business as usual in Park Parade as the Nationwide reopened.

Neil Miller, a spokesman for Hampshire police, said: ‘The investigation is still on-going.

‘Extensive inquiries are being undertaken, including the viewing of CCTV footage.

‘There’s no update on the vehicle. It has not been found yet – that’s still outstanding. The suspects are still outstanding.’

As reported in The News yesterday, two men, wearing balaclavas, used an angle grinder and a small hand axe to break into the building society at about 10.30pm last Friday.

After attacking two couriers, who were not seriously hurt, the raiders made off with four cash machine containers, which police say contained a substantial amount of money.

Detectives believe the robbery is connected to the theft of number plates from a car in nearby High Lawn Way.

The robbers drove off along Somborne Drive, before turning right into Stockheath Road and then left into Petersfield Road. Both suspects wore dark clothes and spoke with southern accents. One was at least 6ft and the other was shorter and stockier.

Police said they can still not confirm if the robbery is linked to one at a HSBC bank in Chandler’s Ford last Thursday. Anyone with information can call police on 101.