CCTV released of hooded suspect in attempted raid

CCTV of the raider
CCTV of the raider
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THIS is the masked raider wanted by police for holding up a bank at gunpoint.

The man entered Barclays bank in Osborne Road, Southsea, and produced what is believed to be a handgun from his jacket during the attempted robbery.

He then banged on the glass counter and demanded the cashier hand over money.

The worker activated the bank’s panic alarm and the would-be robber fled the scene empty-handed.

As reported in The News, the branch was closed to customers while police conducted searches of the area in a bid to track down the suspect.

But the man was still at large last night.

Police believe he was at a bus stop opposite Barclays in Osborne Road for a short time before he entered the bank.

They say passers-by in the busy shopping area may have spotted him and could hold vital information.

Now these CCTV images of the attempted robber taken from inside the branch have been released in the hope someone will recognise him and alert police.

Detective Inspector Mark Tutton is investigating the attempted robbery, which happened at about 2.15pm on Wednesday.

He is now urging anyone with information or who recognises the man pictured in the CCTV images to contact police.

Det Insp Tutton said: ‘We believe the offender was in the area of the bus stop outside Debenhams in Osborne Road for a short time before entering the bank.

‘This area is busy and there may have been a number of passers-by who saw this man.

‘We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the man before or after the incident, or may be able to identify him from the CCTV images.’

The suspect is described as having a slim build and about 6ft tall.

He wore a black, slim fitting jacket with the hood up, a black scarf or muslin-type fabric covering his face, light blue skinny jeans and white trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID at Fratton police station on 101 quoting crime reference number 44120035668

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.