Update: Police arrest man after knifepoint raid at Norwich and Peterborough Building Society

The Norwich and Peterborough Building Society branch in Plumstead Road which was the scene of an armed robbery on Monday. Picture: Dan Grimmer The Norwich and Peterborough Building Society branch in Plumstead Road which was the scene of an armed robbery on Monday. Picture: Dan Grimmer

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
9:33 AM

Police have arrested a man after an armed robbery at a Norwich building society, when staff were threatened by a suspect holding a knife.

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Officers were called to the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in Plumstead Road at about 4.50pm yesterday, following reports of a robbery in progress.

A customer, who had been inside the bank when the robber entered, managed to leave to raise the alarm and dialled 999.

Staff were threatened by the suspect who demanded money while holding a small knife. The robber got away with a quantity of cash before fleeing the scene on foot.

Police went to the scene and the surrounding area to search for the suspect.

A man spotted acting suspiciously in gardens in Dugard Road was detained by officers at 5.50pm and arrested, after a Taser was used.

The 42-year-old was quizzed last night and remains in police custody.

DS Tom Smith, from Norwich police, praised the quick-thinking of the customer who raised the alarm.

He said: “Fortunately no one was injured during the incident although staff have understandably been left shaken by this afternoon’s events.

“The prompt call from the bank customer meant we were able to dispatch officers to the scene immediately with details on the man’s description which ultimately led to the swift arrest of the suspect.

“We’re still keen to hear from any witnesses and I would urge people who may have been in the area at the time to come forward.”

A sign has been placed in the window of the building society saying that it will not open until midday today, with customers advised to head for the Aylsham Road branch instead.

Witnesses should contact Norwich CID on 101.

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