Police are hunting a callous bank robber who handed a cashier this chilling hand-written note which read: “£5,000 now, shhh or I’ll shoot”.
The hooded raider calmly walked into the NatWest branch in Salford, Manchester, and placed the scrawled note on the counter without saying a word.
Although no weapon was seen or used, the cashier was so terrified she handed over more than £2,000 in cash and he calmly walked out.
A quantity of the cash was later recovered after a security dye pack activated and the offender abandoned the loot at the junction of Irlam Square and Ellery Road in Salford.
Police believe the robber, who was wearing a thick woollen hat and a black snood, may have been covered in ink from the security pack.
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
“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.
“We would like to ask people: ‘Were you in the area and did you see a man
activate the dye?’
“Did you see someone that day who perhaps had stained hands or dye on his
“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
The offender is described as white, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, and aged in
his late 20s or early 30s.
He is of slim or athletic build, with a sallow complexion and slight stubble
and was wearing a waist length jacket, light coloured jogging bottoms and had a
blue stud earring.
The robbery, at the branch of NatWest in Irlams O’ Th’ Height, near Salford,
happened at around 3.15pm on Tuesday December 11.