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Man jailed for bank robbery in Harrogate

Man jailed for bank robbery in Harrogate

Published by Harry Long at 5:08pm 1st May 2020.

A man's been jailed for nearly four years for a bank robbery in Harrogate. 

  • A man's been jailed for almost four years for a bank robbery in Harrogate. 
  • Terence Stott robbed the Co-operative Bank in Prospect Crescent last month.  
  • He made off with thousands of pounds in cash but was arrested the next day after police examined CCTV footage.  

It happened on 6th April at the Co-operative Bank in Prospect Crescent.

60-year-old Terence Stott, wearing a black beanie hat and a black scarf round his mouth, passed a note to staff reading ‘shoot to kill’ and ‘put £5000 in the bag’.

He kept one hand behind his back, inside the back of his trousers, suggesting he had a gun. He made off with thousands of pounds in cash.

An investigation began immediately, and CCTV enquiries identified a suspect. The next day,  Stott was arrested in connection with the offence. He was charged with robbery.

Stott appeared at York Crown Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to the offence. He was sentenced to 44 months in prison for the robbery, and a further two months to run consecutively for breaching a suspended sentence – a total of 46 months.

Police officers

The officer leading the investigation, DC Nicky Wareham of Harrogate CID, said:

“I would like to praise the staff at the bank for their handling of what I’m sure was a terrifying incident. Immediate actions taken by the police officers who attended the incident on the day led to Stott quickly being identified as the offender.

“The public should be reassured that this type of offence is extremely rare in the Harrogate area, and we continue to live in one of the safest parts of the country.”