£ 5000 TO SAVE HOSTAGE WIFE

Sci­en­tist re­lives his or­deal at knife­point

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - Stephen Hous­ton

An An81 81- year- year old old­grandad grandad told this week how he was lied to and warned his wife was be­ing held hostage in a ter­ror or­deal at his Ayr home.

Dr Ray No­ble was told by a knife thug he had 20 min­utes to stump up £ 5000 for her re­lease.

He said a masked thug thrust a knife at his stom­ach stom­ach and or­dered him and or­dered him into his Jaguar to drive to the bank.

But quick- think­ing Ray burst to the head of the queue in the NatWest on Miller Road, warn­ing: “This is an emer­gency.

“I’ve got to have £ 5000 be­cause some­body is hold­ing my wife.”

A knock at the door spi­ralled into a ter­ror or­deal for a re­tired sci­ence pi­o­neer.

Dr Ray No­ble was lied to and told his wife Betty was be­ing held hostage . . . when in fact she was shop­ping.

But he was warned he had 20 min­utes to stump up £ 5000 for her re­lease.

The cou­ple, both 81, told this week how:

* Their home had been watched * A masked thug thust a knife at his stom­ach

* The des­per­ado or­dered him into his Jaguar to drive to the bank

But for­tu­nately quick- think­ing Ray burst to the head of the queue in the NatWest in Miller Road, warn­ing: “This is an emer­gency.

“I’ve got to have £ 5000 be­cause some­body is hold­ing my wife.”

Bank staff swiftly shut down teller po­si­tions and the man­ager asked ev­ery­one to stay calm and called in po­lice.

Cru­cially the po­lice swiftly phoned Betty to en­sure she was safe at home in Park Cir­cus.

The rob­ber had re­mained in Ray’s blue Jag in quiet Fair­field Road.

But he scarpered to­wards the seafront when he re­alised Ray wasn’t com­ing back with the money.

And this week Ray said: “It is not the type of thing you ex­pect in Ayr.

“I am just happy ev­ery­one was ok.

“I am just back from the bank, thank­ing them for the fan­tas­tic way they han­dled it.”

Thir­teen years ago Ray and fel­low sci­en­tist Paul Perry in­vented Su­pa­justo help im­prove kids’ brain­power.

He is the re­tired head of bio­chem­istry at Auch­in­cruive and se­nior fel­low at the Han­nah Re­search In­sti­tute.

The drama be­gan at 11.45am on Fri­day while Ray was in his slip­pers re­lax­ing.

Betty had gone shop­ping to the deli.

Ray said: “He forced his way into the house and wanted cash.

“He said they had been watch­ing the house and they knew about my wife’s white car.

He opened his jacket out and took his knife out and prod­ded it at my stom­ach.

“He said ‘ you are go­ing to do what I say.’

“The funny thing was I acted quite nor­mally.

“I said I didn’t have cash but I had a card, but I could not come out with my slip­pers on.

“I took him into the kitchen and I picked a chair up look­ing for my shoes.

“He was so jumpy and said “what are you do­ing? I think he thought I was go­ing to whack him on the head with the chair.”

Ray added: “I think he re­ally only wanted cash and the card thing threw him.

“We went into the car and parked and he told me to get out and get the money, tak­ing the keys from me.

“He said he’d give me 20 min­utes.”

Po­lice found the car empty and the en­gine was run­ning, though Ray had switched it off.

Betty re­vealed she’d re­turned home about 11.55am and was wor­ried as his wal­let was miss­ing.

She said: “I was rather alarmed be­cause it was ob­vi­ous he had left here in a hurry, his car was gone and his slip­pers had been thrown on the floor in the hall.

“I was just won­der­ing what to do when the po­lice phoned. They said ‘ don’t worry about your hus­band, he is with us and he is un­harmed and we will es­cort him to you.’

“I could not praise the po­lice high enough.”

They are now on the hunt for the vil­lain, white, be­tween 25 and 30, clean shaven and well spo­ken with a dark hoodie and dark jog­gers.

Ray does not think he could recog­nise him again as the hoodie was pulled tightly round his face.

DS Craig Sem­ple said: “This was an ex­tremely dis­tress­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and it is vi­tal we trace the in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­ble for this de­spi­ca­ble crime.”

He be­lieves the hood was lurk­ing in Park Cir­cus lane shortly be­fore he knocked on the door.

DS Sem­ple added: “The sus­pect may have been ob­serv­ing the vic­tim’s move­ments at his home in the days lead­ing up to it and I would urge any­one who no­ticed sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to get in touch.”

Refuge The NatWest that Ray ran into

Raid scene Leafy Park Cir­cus Cool head Dr Ray No­ble

Road sign Park Cir­cus

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