Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Silent' Bank Robber Demands Hush Money ; Police Hunt for Raider Behind Menacing Note Crook Escaped with Pounds 2,000 but Set off Dye

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Silent' Bank Robber Demands Hush Money ; Police Hunt for Raider Behind Menacing Note Crook Escaped with Pounds 2,000 but Set off Dye

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ASILENT bank robber handed a terrified cashier a chilling note which read: 'Pounds 5,000 NOW - SSSHHH!!! OR I'LL SHOOT'.

The brazen thief didn't say a word during the raid at a NatWest in Salford.

He simply placed the handwritten note on the counter before being handed just over Pounds 2,000 in cash and calmly walking out.

Police are trawling CCTV footage of the robber - as well as the handwritten note - in an attempt to track him down.

The robbery happened at the branch on Bolton Road, Irlams O' Th' Height.

Some of the cash was found abandoned nearby at the junction of Irlam Square and Ellery Road. It was covered in security dye which had activated shortly after the raid.

Police believe the robber, who was wearing a thick woollen hat and a black snood, may have been covered in ink.

They said there was no proof he was actually carrying a gun.

Det Con Allan Barker, of Swinton CID, said: "The bank robber calmly walked up to a staff member, handed over a threatening note and then left with some cash. …

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