Man hunted over bank robbery in Rotherham

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Police have released photographs of a man they want to trace over a bank robbery in Rotherham.

Officers believe 44-year-old Paul Smith could hold vital information about the armed raid at Yorkshire Bank, Parkgate, on Friday, January 29.

Two men armed with guns stormed the bank in Broad Street and threatened staff.

Michael Lydon, 51, of Fair View Avenue, Cleethorpes, was charged last week with robbery, attempted robbery, firearms offences and dangerous driving.

He appeared at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court and was remanded to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, March 31.

Officers now want to speak to Mr Smith, whose last known address was in Kimberworth, but who also has connections in Chesterfield, Humberside and West Yorkshire.

He is 5ft 9ins, of a stocky build and has short, cropped brown hair that is greying in parts.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Steve Ashmore said: “We have already charged Lydon and arrested and bailed five people in connection with this incident but we believe that Paul Smith could hold vital information.

“If you know where Smith is or have information that may assist our investigation, we urge you to contact police.

“If you see Smith, do not approach him but call South Yorkshire Police on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.”

Three men, aged 52, 36 and 26, all from the Rotherham area, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and bailed pending further enquiries.

Two women aged 39 and 27, from Rotherham, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and bailed pending further enquiries.