Detectives hunting three masked men who used a screwdriver to threaten a security guard during a robbery in Norwich have revealed they are “considering” possible links to an armed raid in the city last month.

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Officers from Norwich CID are investigating an attack, which took place in Prince of Wales Road at about 8am on Thursday during which three men in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas forced a G4S security attendant, who was restocking a cash machine, to hand over a quantity of cash.

The men then fled the scene with a fourth man in a grey estate car which police can now confirm was a BMW 5 series.

Meanwhile last month a balaclava-clad man attacked a security guard with a crowbar as G4S staff delivered cash to the ATM machine at Tesco Express on Aylsham Road, Norwich at 6.45am on December 13.

The offender, who was wearing black clothing, hit one of the guards on the arm before leaving the scene in a dark coloured estate car.

Detective Inspector Richard Graveling has not ruled out the possibility that the offences might be linked.

He said: “Our inquiry is ongoing and we are considering all possible links between this incident and the previous robbery on Aylsham Road in December.”

He added: “We can now confirm the vehicle used on Thursday was a grey BMW 5 series, and we are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area or using the cashpoing between 7.30am and 8am that morning.”

As previously reported a woman who was driving to work at the time of last week’s robbery spoke of her shock.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “I was driving into work at 8.08am down Prince of Wales Road.

“The security van was parked on the right-hand side of the cash point next to the bin.

“I saw three guys try to bundle the security attendant into the grey door next to the cash machine. I couldn’t see much of two of the guys but the third guy was trying to hit the security attendant with a brick.

“I called the police and told them what was happening.

“It’s horrible. I hope the attendant is all right.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information concerning it should contact Norwich CID on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Have you got a crime story? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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