21/01/2005

Police release CCTV footage of Northern Bank raid

Detectives investigating the Northern Bank robbery in Belfast have asked members of the public who may have witnessed a coerced bank employee handing over £1 million to one of the robbers at a bus stop at Upper Queen Street to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Sproule, who is leading the police investigation, released new CCTV footage which shows one the victims employed by the Northern Bank leaving its Donegall Square West headquarters on the evening of Monday 20 December 2004 with a sports bag containing £1 million in cash.

The victim was instructed to make his way to a bus stop at Upper Queen Street in Belfast where he handed over the distinctive sports bag bearing the UMBRO name and logo to an unknown man.

Police wish to talk to any member of the public who saw the bank employee who was dressed in a navy jacket and dark coloured trousers leaving the bank around 6.20pm, making his way to the Upper Queen Street bus stop and especially those who may have noticed the employee handing the bag over to come forward.

Detectives can be contacted on 028 90 650 222 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

(MB/SP)

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