Members of the public chased and detained armed robber

Police were called at 14:09hrs today, Wednesday, 31 December, to reports of an armed robbery at a bank in Station Square, Petts Wood.

Officers arrived shortly after to find four members of the public had chased and detained a man nearby, who has since been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

He is currently in custody at a south London police station. Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating and enquiries continue.

Bromley Borough commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Hafford, said: “Whilst it is still extremely early in the investigation, it appears that the members of the public have put themselves in some danger in order to detain somebody they believe has been involved in a very dangerous and serious crime.

“This will now be investigated by detectives from the Flying Squad, who are specialists in investigating armed robbery, but whatever the outcome, I would like to praise the bravery of those who helped detain the man until my officers were able to arrive and arrest him and I will certainly be looking to get in touch with them to commend them for their efforts.

“I should stress, however, that we would not recommend the public tackle anyone that could be armed with a weapon and would always advise that if they see anything like this, to make a note of their description and clothing and to wait for police officers to arrive.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.