Letchworth cashpoint robbery: Suspect was seen with knife

PUBLISHED: 14:31 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 18 October 2017

Letchworth railway station. Picture: Alan Millard

Letchworth railway station. Picture: Alan Millard

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The suspect in the alleged Letchworth cashpoint robbery yesterday was seen with a knife, police have confirmed - explaining the massive hunt involving armed officers, dogs and a helicopter.

The thief is alleged to have stolen a railcard at a Leys Avenue cashpoint at 10.20am before running towards Letchworth railway 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 alleged thief. Police searched in and around the station for hours.

This, paired with alleged trespassing on the railway lines at Letchworth, meant rail services between Hitchin and Cambridge were affected until about 1pm.

Police continued searching at the scene until about 3.20pm, when they called the hunt off with no arrests made. Investigations are ongoing.

A force spokeswoman has told the Comet the suspect they are looking for is 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.

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

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