Police hunt ‘veiled’ robber

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Men strike at Birmingham bank

POLICE in Birmingham are hunting a man who disguised himself in a niqab as he robbed a security guard outside a bank.

The incident happed at 11.30am on Tuesday outside the Lloyds TSB bank on Coventry Road, Small Heath.

The man, and an accomplice, threatened a Group4 security guard with a hammer before fleeing with a box containing a substantial quantity of cash.

Police said the two men drove away in a small light coloured getaway car with another man down Cyril Road before crashing it into a lamppost.

The three men then fled on foot.

One offender was described as black, wearing a white salwar kameez – a long sleeved 3/4 length tunic – and 3/4 length baggy trousers.

The second was black, wearing dark coloured clothing and a niqab over his face.

The security guard was not injured in the attack, but was “badly shaken”.

Detective sergeant Mick Ross, leading the investigation, said: These are clearly dangerous men and we need the public’s help bringing them to justice.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the days leading up to the attack or on the day itself.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have seen the offenders acting suspiciously around the time of the incident are asked to contact their local police station or call the national charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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