A MAN and a woman carrying takings were threatened at knife-point, in an attempted robbery, outside Lloyds Bank, on High Street, Henley-in-Arden, yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 29th August).
The pair, from a local business, were delivering their takings to the bank, when a man got out of a white Audi saloon (registration FX62 WLK) and threatened them with a knife, demanding the money, at 1.40pm.
The offender was unsuccessful and fled the scene empty handed. He ran down an alleyway at the side of Arden Television Services, before being picked up by the white Audi.
The car left High Street heading north in the direction of the M40 and Hockley Heath.
The man with the knife is described as being a white, around 5 ft 8 ins tall and aged between 20 and 30-years-old.
The offender was wearing a light blue hooded tracksuit top made out of silky material and blue tracksuit bottoms or jeans.
The hood of the tracksuit was pulled over his face and the rest of his face was covered with a scarf, so only his eyes were visible.
The driver of the Audi was described as being Asian.
Det Insp Tim Sharp said: “The offenders left empty handed but this has left the victims extremely shaken.
“The incident occurred in the middle of the day so there is likely to have been people on the High Street and others in the surrounding area who may have seen the white Audi.”
He continued: “While we’re treating this as an isolated incident we would like to take the opportunity to advise businesses to take extra care when they are banking their takings.
“When you are going to the bank don’t tell anyone where you are going, vary the time you go and the route you take, park as close as you can to the bank and when you get out your vehicle be aware of your surroundings, be on the lookout for suspicious people and vehicles. If you spot anything suspicious contact the police.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information that could help police with their enquiries can call 101 and quote incident 185 of 29th August.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org