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Robber jailed after handing bank staff handwritten note claiming he had a gun

PUBLISHED: 13:46 17 July 2017

Danny Powell

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Danny Powell, 36, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison

A robber who handed bank staff a handwritten note claiming he had a gun has been jailed for four years and six months.

Danny Powell, 36, of no fixed address, walked into a bank in Whitstable High Street at 10am on March 25.

He approached the till and gave staff a note saying he had a gun and wanted cash.

A staff member handed Powell a quantity of money and discreetly activated the banks’ silent alarm.

Officers arrived a short time later but Powell had already fled the scene.

He left behind the handwritten note which was seized as evidence.

CCTV images of the crime were released to the media and Powell was identified by members of the public.

The note was forensically examined and linked to Powell.

He was arrested in a caravan in Whitstable on June 13 and admitted to robbery a month later at Canterbury Crown Court.

Powell also pleaded guilty to an attempted bank robbery he committed in Derbyshire on March 27.

Investigating officer detective constable Jeff Brunger said: “Powell entered the bank in Whitstable in broad daylight.

“He clearly had no concern for the fear he would cause and the impact it would have on staff or the public.

“I’d like to commend the bravery of the employees who responded so well to this distressing incident.”

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