South Woodford bank robbery foiled after customers jumped on suspect

PUBLISHED: 13:27 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:27 16 January 2018

The suspect bit a member of the public causing an open wound. Picture: Google Maps

The suspect bit a member of the public causing an open wound. Picture: Google Maps


Members of the public foiled a robbery in a South Woodford bank after they all piled on top of the suspect to stop him getting away.

A man was suspected of stealing a bag from a woman at Barclays Bank, George Lane, on Monday, January 15 by pushing her from behind which caused her to hit her head on a door.

He then tried to make a swift exit but brave customers detained him and held him down on the floor.

A Met police spokeswoman said officers were dispatched to the bank after receiving numerous phone calls at 2.42pm.

“Officers arrived on scene and could see the suspect detained on the floor by members of the public,” she said.

“Whilst detaining the suspect on the floor, a member of the public was bitten a number of times, causing an open wound.

“A 38-year-old male suspect was arrested for robbery and GBH.”

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