Police thank public after man charged with Hull bank robberies
DETECTIVES have thanked members of the public for their help investigating two bank raids in west Hull last week.
Humberside Police revealed yesterday a man has been charged with the two robberies – at Yorkshire Bank in Princes Avenue on Tuesday and NatWest in Hessle Road the following day.
Dean Andrew Wray, 42, has been charged with two counts of robbery, common assault and failing to provide a drugs sample for testing. He was due to appear at Hull Magistrates' Court this morning.
Other arrests have also been made in connection with the robberies.
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Detective Chief Inspector Paul Cunningham said the public have played an important role. He said: "I would like to express my thanks to the media and the public for their assistance in bringing this man to custody and for the help throughout the investigation.
"We have received a number of calls from the public and have been able to make a number of arrests in connection with the investigation.
"Community co-operation is reassuring and very much appreciated and demonstrates the commitment of the police and people of Hull to eradicate such offending, which is thankfully rare."
In both robberies last week, the offender escaped with a large amount of money.
Police increased patrols across the city and alerted every bank, warning them to tighten security.
Det Chief Insp Cunningham revealed officers are still trying to trace the stolen cash.
He said: "We continue to appeal for information and the return of a significant quantity of stolen cash from the robberies, much of which will be stained with pink dye from the NatWest offence.
He said: "This is stolen property and anyone found in unlawful possession of the money will be liable to arrest and prosecution.
"Recovery of this money is important for evidential reasons. Premises which have facilities for bank notes to be used in machines, such as betting shops, are encouraged to be extra vigilant.
"Anyone finding such money is asked to seize and preserve the notes and gather any evidence of the persons tendering it via CCTV.
"If anyone has any further information with the robberies, investigators would still be keen to hear from them."
Call Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anon- ymously on 0800 555111.