A VILLAGE police officer has reiterated his desire for CCTV cameras to be installed in Tarporley High Street following last week’s terrifying armed bank raid.
PC Ged Gigg says CCTV footage could potentially assist them in identifying criminals – and the raid at NatWest bank has ‘highlighted’ the need for cameras.
In October last year parish councillors rejected a request by The Swan Hotel to help them fund CCTV cameras – one outside the pub and another facing down the street.
The proposal was backed by PC Gigg but members were concerned about privacy issues and did not feel the cameras were necessary.
PC Gigg told The Chronicle: “I would be in favour of CCTV cameras. It’s something I’d like to get back on the agenda and to discuss.”
Meanwhile, detectives investigating the raid at NatWest bank at around 12pm on Wednesday, June 8 are appealing for more information about two cars used in the robbery.
Officers are keen to speak to residents who may have seen a cream coloured Rover 75 – which was later found burnt out in a field – in the area on the day of the robbery.
They are also appealing for witnesses who saw a vehicle parked in a lay-by on the A51, near to the A49 roundabout – just ten minutes prior to the raid.
Police believe this may have been the getaway car used by the two robbers after they torched the Rover.
Two men who carried out the raid were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing.
They were armed with crowbars and punched two male staff members in the face before stealing cash from the tills.
The two victims were treated at the scene for cuts and shock.
The Rover was found burnt out a short time later in a field close to the Tarporley Roundabout near the junction of the A51 and A49.
Police are studying the wreckage of the Rover and have discovered a handgun which is being forensically examined, although it was not used in the robbery.
Results of checks carried out on the Rover revealed the car was stolen from the Dukinfield area of Greater Manchester between May 15-24.
Detectives are exploring whether the offenders have established links in the Greater Manchester area.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Rob Grantham at Western Area CID on 0845 458 0000, quoting incident number 329 of June 8.