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Monday, 14 October, 2002, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Police seek crime spree robber
Bank raid scene
Witnesses at the bank saw a man on a silver scooter
A robber who seriously wounded a security guard in an armed raid on a bank is suspected of carrying out six other attacks and crimes over two days, say police.

The guard, a 25-year-old man from the Leicester area, is at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham receiving treatment for a serious gunshot wound to his upper body.

He was shot in a botched raid at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Nottingham on Friday.

The Securicor cashbox stolen in the raid was later found empty on Wollesey Avenue, Radford in Nottingham.

'Callous'

Police said on Monday they believed the man carried out four other armed robberies, an attempted car-jacking and a number plate theft on 10 October and 11 October.


We're very fortunate that the security guard is still alive

Tony Heydon Nottinghamshire Police

A man fitting the description of the offender stopped another Securicor guard at the Queen Street Post Office, nine minutes before the Royal Bank of Scotland shooting.

Detective Inspector Tony Heydon, who is leading the investigation, described the raider as "desperate and callous", adding he could not rule out further attacks.

He said: "We're very fortunate that the security guard is still alive.

"We're treating this as an attempted murder inquiry."

Securicor are offering a 100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender or offenders.

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