CCTV appeal following attempted robberies in Bishop’s Stortford
Detectives investigating two attempted robberies in Bishop’s Stortford within 24 hours have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with them.
At around 10pm on Saturday, December 15, a man entered the Lee Garden Chinese takeaway in Elizabeth Road on the Havers estate and demanded money. When the victims refused, he walked out.
The would-be robber was reported to have had a gun.
At 7.16pm on Sunday, December 16, police received a call about an attempted robbery on a bus in Villiers-sur-Marne Avenue, Thorley Park.
A man had boarded the bus and demanded money. When the victims refused, he got off. Again, the man was reported to have been in possession of a gun.
Nobody was harmed in either incident.
Police are linking the attempted robberies and say extensive enquiries are being carried out to trace the offender.
At the time of the incidents, police were also linking them with an attempted robbery in Hatfield Broad Oak's village store which happened at around 2.50pm on the Sunday (Dec 16). A man threatened a shop assistant at Broad Oak Stores in High Street with a black pistol and demanded access to the till. Again, when the shopworker refused, the would-be robber left empty-handed.
Witnesses told police he was in his 20s, white, slim and around 6ft tall.
It is believed the man pictured in the CCTV image might have information about the incidents that could help detectives.
Anyone who recognises him, or has any information about either incident, should email Det Con Dieter Sweeting at firstname.lastname@example.org or call non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 41/66333/18. You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/Report.
Alternatively, you can stay anonymous by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via its untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. For more than 30 years Crimestoppers has maintained its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts the charity.