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Cheeky thief masks face with umbrella to rob cash box G4S security guard at Manchester Natwest bank

By Dean Wilkins

A cheeky umbrella-wielding thief robbed a G4S security leaving a Natwest bank in Manchester today.

The offender strolled up to the security guard at the branch on Bury New Road shortly after 10am this morning and used the umbrella to shield his face.

He threatened the man and demanded the cash box before fleeing down Clifton Road with thousands of pounds – the G4S worker was not injured.

Detective Constable Robert Leacy said: “It would appear some pre-planning has gone into this robbery as the thief has gone to unusual lengths to use an umbrella to conceal his identity.

“However, what this boils down, to no matter what the offender used, is theft – pure and simple. He targeted a security guard and snatched a substantial amount of cash, and is therefore someone we need to find, arrest and put behind bars.

“I am appealing to anyone who has information to come forward. I would particularly like to urge people who may have been at the bank that morning to cast their minds back and try and remember if you saw a man carrying an umbrella.

“If you did, or have any other information, we need to hear from you.”

The thief is described as white, with dark short hair and wearing a dark woollen-type thigh length coat, dark trousers and dark shoes. The umbrella was black.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8199 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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