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Salford bank and bookies armed robber: ‘One-man crime wave’ steals just £800

Police are still hunting for a man who hit four banks and bookmakers in Salford and Warrington in under three hours.

But it’s been revealed the armed robber escaped with less than £1,000.

Staff were threatened at gunpoint at Santander bank in Eccles, Betfred bookmakers in Cadishead, Betfred in Walkden and Betfred in Culcheth, Warrington on Thursday 8 January.

At around 4.10pm the man walked into Santander bank at The Mall in Eccles.

He pointed a silver handgun at staff and tried to jump over the counter, but emergency shutters were activated and the armed thief fled empty-handed.

The branch remained closed on Friday 9 January but has since re-opened.

Read more: Police hunt armed robber who hit banks and bookies in Eccles, Walkden, Cadishead and Warrington in three hours

Just 20 minutes later a man with a similar description went into the William Hill bookmaker’s on Walkden Road in Walkden, threatened staff with a handgun and tried to get into the till area, before fleeing empty handed.

Later that evening police believe the same man hit two more bookmakers.

He threatened staff with a gun before escaping with £150 from Betfred Cadishead, and several hundred pounds from Betfred Culcheth.

The man is described as being white, with a slim build, around 5ft 7in tall.

CCTV revealed the suspect was wearing a grey scarf across his face, blue trousers, black trainers with white laces, black woolen gloves and a blue hooded coat with fur around the hood and a yellow emblem on his upper sleeve.

He was carrying a black laptop-style bag across his body.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to get in touch.

Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton of Salford division said: “I understand people who live in these areas will be concerned and I want to assure you that we are doing all we can to catch the man.

“Fortunately, no-one was hurt but this man is brazenly threatening people with a gun and he must be stopped.

“We would ask that if anyone was in the area at the time and remembers seeing a man matching the description that they contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8361 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Main image: Santander Eccles remained closed after the attempted armed robbery

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