Passers by prevent Whitechapel attempted armed robbery

Firearms officers arrested the suspect

Firearms officers arrested the suspect - Credit: Archant

Members of the public helped to thwart an attempted armed robbery in Whitechapel yesterday.

Two men on a moped approached a security guard, who was carrying a cash box on Whitechapel Road at around 3.30pm.

One of the men got off the moped and assaulted him, leading to members of the public intervening.

They managed to help the security guard and detain one of the men, while the other one made off on the moped.

Passing firearms officers arrested the suspect before Tower Hamlets police arrived on the scene.


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The security guard received medical treatment at the scene, while the man arrested was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The other suspect has not yet been found, but enquiries are continuing.

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Were you one of those involved or did you see what happened? Call Sophie on 020 8477 3834

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