/ Police hunt robber who made hand-written threats

A man robbed a bank after passing a cashier a threatening hand-written note.

At about 3.15pm on Tuesday 11 December 2012, a man entered NatWest on Bolton Road, Irlams O' Th' Height.

He handed a note to staff that read "£5,000 NOW, SHHH OR I'LL SHOOT".

No weapon was seen. A cashier handed over an amount of cash and the man left.

A quantity of the cash was recovered at the junction of Irlam Square and Ellery Road after the offender activated a security dye pack.

The offender is described as white, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, of slim/athletic build, in his late 20s or early 30's, with a sallow complexion, pock marks on his cheeks and slight stubble.

He was wearing a thick black woollen hat, black snood, waist length jacket, light coloured jogging bottoms and had a blue stud earring.

Detective Constable Allan Barker, of Swinton CID, said: "The bank robber calmly walked up to a staff member, handed over a threatening note and then left with some cash.

"Thanks to the security measures in place a sizeable amount of the cash has been recovered after the security dye activated I am appealing for witnesses to come forward.

"Were you in the area and did you see a man activate the dye or did you see someone that day who perhaps had stained hands or dye on his clothing?

"Also, do you recognise the handwriting or words used in the note?

"Someone knows who this person is and we need your help to bring him to justice.

"In the lead up to Christmas we are joining our colleagues across the force in Operation Advent - a two week proactive operation to target thieves, burglars and robbers - and with the public's help this bank robber can enjoy the Queen's Christmas address at Her Majesty's pleasure."

Anyone with information is asked to call Swinton CID on 0161 856 5351, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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