Letchworth cashpoint robbery: Suspect evades capture despite massive police search

PUBLISHED: 17:02 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:13 17 October 2017

Letchworth railway station. Picture: Alan Millard

Letchworth railway station. Picture: Alan Millard

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The suspect in an alleged cashpoint robbery in Letchworth has evaded capture - despite a massive police search involving armed officers, dogs and a helicopter.

Police searched in and around Letchworth railway station for hours after the male suspect allegedly stole a railcard from another man at a nearby cashpoint.

A force spokeswoman has told the Comet they are looking for a black man with a West Indian accent, aged 20 to 30, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 5in tall. He was wearing a black jacket and black woolly hat.

The suspect is alleged to have stolen the railcard from another man at a Leys Avenue cashpoint at 10.20am before running towards the station.

Witnesses described more than 10 police cars rushing to the scene along Station Road, with trains stopped northbound as officers went through carriages to search for the suspect.

A man also trespassed on the railway lines at Letchworth, with rail services between Hitchin and Cambridge affected until about 1pm.

Police called off the search on the scene at about 3.20pm, with no arrests made. Investigations continue.

A police spokeswoman earlier said that the thief was alleged to have stolen money, but the force now says this was not the case.

Anyone with information should contact Herts police on 101, quoting crime reference G2/17/2403.

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