Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Appeal to find Havant armed robbery car

Detectives investigating an armed robbery in Hampshire are trying to trace the movements of a dark-coloured VW Golf used in the getaway.

Two men, armed with an axe and an angle grinder, attacked security guards at the Nationwide in Park Parade, Havant, on Friday night.

The car, which was displaying stolen number plates, was last seen speeding towards the A3 on Petersfield Road.

Officers believe the plates were switched nearby before the raid.

Two men with balaclavas broke into the bank shortly before 22:30 GMT, assaulted the two G4S couriers who were emptying the cash machine, and took cassettes containing a substantial sum of money.

The getaway vehicle is believed to have driven off along Sombourne Drive, turned into Stockheath Road and then turned left into Petersfield Road towards the A3.

Wearing balaclavas

Det Sgt Ross Toms of Hampshire Constabulary said: "We believe that the occupants of the vehicle would have switched number plates in the vicinity of Park Parade and adjoining roads prior to committing the offence.

"We are therefore seeking the assistance of any witnesses who saw anyone tampering with vehicles within this area before the time of the robbery on Friday 25 November."

Officers believe the number plates were stolen from another car in Highlawn Way or the surrounding area on the day of the robbery.

At least three people are believed to be involved and police have released descriptions of two of them.

One man is described as at least 6ft tall, wearing a balaclava and dark clothing with a southern accent.

The other is described as shorter and stockier than the first but he was also wearing a balaclava and dark clothing and had a southern accent.

The G4S staff sustained minor injuries.

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