Manhunt launched after bank robbery
POLICE have launched a manhunt to trace a man wanted in connection with a robbery in Poynton.
Christopher Bell, 27, from Brodie Avenue, Liverpool, is wanted by officers after a robbery at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Poynton on Friday, April 29.
Three men entered the store through a hole they created in the roof and jumped down in the main bank where they threat- ened staff with violence and made demands for money before escaping with a holdall containing thousands of pounds.
At the back of the premises was a stolen vehicle which the offenders had arrived in.
Members of the public attempted to capture the men by preventing them from being able to get into their vehicle, which led them to escape the scene on foot.
Paul Hughes, 32, and Sean McNeil, 25, from Liverpool were later arrested, charged and found guilty of robbery after a trial at Chester Crown Court.
They were both sentenced to 12 years each.
However Christopher Bell remains outstanding.
He is described as being white, 6ft 1in tall, slim and with red hair and blue eyes.
Detective Inspector Claire Jesson, of Macclesfield Police, said: “This is a serious offence and Bell poses a risk to our communities.
“I would urge anyone with information as to his current whereabouts to contact Cheshire Police immediately.
“Anyone found assisting this man in avoiding capture will be dealt with appropriately.
“In addition, I would appeal to Christopher to hand himself in.
“He will be unable to avoid arrest indefinitely and we will not give up on our attempts to apprehend him.”
Anyone with any infor- mation on Christopher Bell’s whereabouts is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting Operation Bale and incident number 696 of April 29.
Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.