Somercotes armed robbery prompts police search

Leabrooks Road, Derbyshire Building Society
Image caption Police searched for the robber with dogs and helicopters

A man who threatened building society staff with a knife is being hunted by Derbyshire police.

The suspect went into a branch of the Derbyshire Building Society, in Leabrooks Road, Somercotes, at 1240 GMT and fled with cash in a carrier bag.

Despite an extensive search using dogs, a helicopter and several patrol cars, no arrests have been made.

No-one was injured, and police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, about 6ft (1.83m) tall and of medium to stocky build.

He wore a lightweight black jacket and dark trousers, along with sunglasses and a distinctive grey South American chullo-style hat, with flaps over the ears.

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