South East Wales

Cardiff Waitrose cash machine robbery gang driver e-fit

E-fit of the gang's getaway driver
The gang's getaway driver has a mole near his right cheek bone

Police hunting a gang who attacked a guard filling a cash machine near a supermarket in Cardiff have released an e-fit of the getaway driver.

Detectives say the five raiders who struck in June may have connections to Cheshire, Merseyside or north Wales.

The men, described as having Liverpool-type accents, made off from Waitrose in Pontprennau in a white Transit van.

The driver is described as aged 40 or older, with olive skin and a mole near his right cheekbone.

Waitrose at Pontprennau
Police at Waitrose in Pontprennau, Cardiff, following the robbery on 12 June

The van was later found in nearby Hollybush Heights, Cyncoed, and items including a Silver Cross Pop pushchair were forensically examined.

Two of the gang were wearing orange fluorescent clothing.

South Wales Police said the van was stolen from an industrial estate in Chester on 17 May.

It was involved in a ram-raid on the same industrial estate the following day.

A boiler worth £1,000 was stolen in that raid.

Police said the raiders escaped with a "substantial" amount of cash in the robbery in Cardiff.

The security guard was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, but his injuries were not life threatening.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the robbery, or saw the white van leaving the scene at about 11:45 BST on 12 June, to contact them on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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