Crooks force 72-year-old man to withdraw �10,000 from Whitechapel bank

A 72-year-old endured a traumatic hour-long robbery when he was forced to withdraw �10,000 from a Whitechapel bank.

He was threatened with a knife and gun by two thugs who drove him to HSBC in Whitechapel Road where he made the withdrawal during the middle of the day.

He had been walking along Cleveland Way near the junction with Mile End Road at 1.30pm on Monday last week when the first suspect got out of a parked silver car and approached him with a handgun.

The victim was forced into the car, where the second suspect, the driver, pulled a six-inch blade on him and issued threats.

He was driven to his home and made to pick up his passport before being taken to the bank.

The robbers waited in nearby Plumbers Row while he made the withdrawal.

The victim’s ordeal wasn’t over, though, as, after returning to the car, he was driven to New Road via Commercial Road before being pushed out of the vehicle.

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Police say the whole experience lasted about an hour.

Both suspects are described as Asian men, aged in their early 30s, about 5ft 7ins, medium build, and with black hair.

One wore a black jacket, black trousers and dirty white trainers and the other a white prayer cap and a black suit with a striped tie.

Pc Graham Pringle of Tower Hamlets robbery squad said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have information regarding this crime, in particular anyone who may have seen a silver vehicle, believed to be a Chrysler Neon, in the E1 area.”

Police say enquiries are being made in regards to CCTV and no eyewitnesses had currently come forward.