Saturday 23 September 2017

Public hailed for detaining gunman

A man has been arrested after attempting to rob a bank with a gun similar to an AK47
A man has been arrested after attempting to rob a bank with a gun similar to an AK47

Police have described how "brave members of the public" detained a man suspected of attempting to rob a bank with an AK47-style weapon.

The suspect, in his 30s, was said to have fled through the Borough area of London after running empty-handed from a Barclays bank on High Street.

He is said to have been carrying the assault rifle as he sprinted through the George pub, while members of the public - believed to include bank security - gave chase.

Darren Burn, an ITV News journalist who was in the pub at the time of the incident, said: "I was having a quiet drink with my uncle and a friend when we heard tyres screech then saw a man with a gun.

"Bank security were shouting - they were telling us the man had a gun and we needed to get down. There were about 40 people in the pub courtyard at the time. It wasn't terrifying at the time, it all seemed a bit surreal. There were no screams, everyone just fell silent because it was a bizarre situation."

Mr Burn, who lives in London, said the firearm looked like an AK47, although police were unable to confirm the type of weapon used.

He said: "I saw the suspect, he was making eye contact with people - but he looked pretty vacant."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman, who described members of the public who detained the man as "brave", said officers were called at 1.47pm.

He said: "The suspect entered the bank and threatened the staff with a firearm and demanded that money was handed over. Desperate to escape, the suspect fled the bank empty-handed but was apprehended a short while later by members of the public.

"Officers arrived at the scene and the man was arrested. He was taken to a south London police station where he remains. No shots were fired and no members of the public were injured during the incident."

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