Building Society staff held up with a knife

Cumbria Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Cumberland Building Society.

Members of staff were held up with a knife and demanded cash at the branch on Station Road in Silloth.

A quantity of cash was stolen during the robbery and thankfully no one was harmed.

The offender escaped on foot and left the area in a blue Ford Focus, registration number V647KOX. The police have now recovered this vehicle.

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 17th April) armed officers arrested three suspects, a 25 year old male, a 24 year old male and a 30 year old female at an address in the Harraby area of Carlisle. All three suspects were detained at Workington police station and were questioned last night by detectives from West Cumbria CID. The 24 year old male was released without charge last night.

A further suspect, a 35 year old male was arrested in Carlisle this morning. The 3 suspects remain in custody at Workington and continue to be questioned by detectives.

Detective Inspector Ian Harwood appealed: “We are keen to establish the movements of this Ford Focus registration number V647KOX particularly where it went after the robbery between 1 pm and 4 pm. We would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Silloth area or who knows anything about this robbery.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101 and ask for West Cumbria CID. Alternatively you can call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 or tell any police officer or police community support officer.