Security guards tackled and held on to a suspected bank robber in the city centre1 this afternoon. Crowds gathered to watch the drama at the Cooperative Bank in Parker Street shortly before 5pm. The ECHO was told a man ran into the bank, jumped on the counter and demanded cash from the staff.
But security guards from nearby shops saw what was happened and raced to help. Peter Moorhouse, a security guard at Footlocker described how he saw the man run in to the bank from Church Street. He told ECHO: I radioed through to a colleague and we ran into the bank .
He jumped down off the counter and that s when we tackled him and pinned him down.
We radioed through for assistance and another two colleagues came to help us . We just held him there until police arrived.
Tape at the entrance of the Cooperative Bank
Mr Moorhouse added that they didn t know whether the man was armed – but that a large rock fell out of his hand when he was on the floor. A witness outside the bank, who did not want to be named, said that community police officers arrived at the scene while he was being kept inside.
He added: When I got here there was a massive crowd outside and the security guards had him on the floor.
The bank staff had shut the doors but people were standing about watching.
When the police arrived they walked him up to the top of the road, I don t know how he thought he was getting away with that one.
He didn t have his face covered or anything and there was about 60 people standing outside so he would have been seen.
Police have arrested a man after an attempted robbery at the Co-operative bank on Parker Street in the city centre
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police2 said: Merseyside Police can confirm that, at 4:40 this evening, 11 July, officers were called to an attempted armed robbery at the Co-op bank on Parker Street in Liverpool City Centre.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police enquiries are continuing and images from CCTV will be examined.
Anyone who has any information on this can either phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and free, 0800 555 111.
Sporting events and concerts have taken place across the UK amid heightened security following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester. The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on the pitch before the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. An accompanying note, signed by the Prince, read: “We will never fear coming together to celebrate all that unites us. “In memory of the friends and family taken from us in Manchester.”
A minute’s silence was also held to remember the 22 people killed.
Image: Wreaths were laid on the pitch at Wembley in memory of the Manchester victims
Heightened security measures were in place at the 90,000-capacity stadium, with a helicopter hovering above and officers on horseback patrolling the grounds. Arsenal won the game 2-1. More than 1,000 armed police officers were on standby in the capital as the FA Cup Final and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham went ahead.
Image: Everyone in the stadium observed a minute’s silence
Rugby fans also observed a minute’s silence before the kick off of the final, which Exeter Chiefs won 23-20 over Wasps after extra time. Fans at both events were advised not to bring bags and to expect additional security checks and searches. Police had urged to go out and enjoy themselves over the bank holiday weekend. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley – national lead for counter-terror policing – urged Britons to go about their business as usual.
He said: “Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see. “We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.”
Image: Fans at Twickenham observe a minute’s silence before the Aviva Premiership Final
A huge security operation was also staged as the first major event took place in Manchester since the attack on Monday night. Hundreds of police officers were on duty at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground ahead of the Corteeners concert, with 50,000 fans expected to attend. Armed police were stationed at gates and officers in high visibility jackets were in position every 50 yards on roads approaching the stadium. Airport-style security devices were used to screen visitors, with queues as tickets and bags were checked before entry.
Image: Armed police at Old Trafford Cricket Ground as fans arrive for the Courteeners concert
Iron Maiden were also set to appear at the O2 in London, and US singer Anastacia was performing at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. On Sunday, the Great Manchester Run will go ahead as planned with a large turnout expected in the wake of the attack. Nine suspects are in custody following days of intense police activity and a series of raids in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside.
The country’s leading counter-terror officer has said “immense” progress has been made in the probe into a suspected network linked to suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
Operation Temperer, which has seen hundreds of armed soldiers support police on the streets, will be gradually wound down from midnight on Monday after the UK’s threat level was reduced from “critical” to “severe”1.
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