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Ageing armed robbery suspect bailed

A CCTV still of a man wanted for questioning over a bank raid in Prescot

A CCTV still of a man wanted for questioning over a bank raid in Prescot

An OAP arrested on suspicion of carrying out two terrifying armed raids on banks in St Helens and Prescot has been released on police bail.

The 67-year-old was held last week following a raid on the Santander bank in Thatto Heath.

At the time of his arrest, detectives were also linking the raid to an earlier armed robbery on a bank in Prescot town centre.

The man, who has not been named, was quizzed for several hours by detectives at St Helens police station before being released pending further inquiries.

A CCTV still of the raid on Prescot’s Royal Bank of Scotland shows an elderly man walking into the bank.

Wearing thick glasses and a wooly hat, he threatened staff with what is believed to be a gun before making off with a quality of cash.

Incredibly, police believe the ageing blagger made his escape on foot.

A man fitting a similar description staged a robbery at a Santander in Thatto Heath days after the Prescot raid.

 
 
 

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