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Gun wielding thug threatened bank staff…before he was taken down by have-a-go-heroes
An assault-rifle wielding robber’s attempts to rob a bank were foiled by eight good Samaritans, and has now been jailed for 9 and a half years.
Police paid tribute to a collective of have-a-go-heroes who helped apprehend armed robber Al-Fodday Fofanah, 30, who tried to rob a branch of Barclays bank in Borough High Street, south London in July last year.
The gang including an off duty police officer, a trainee ambulance driver, two roofers, two security officers, a bank manager and an ice cream vendor.
He was carrying a large bag and concealed his face with a sheet of paper.
The customer in front of him was an off-duty police officer – commander Adrian Hanstock from the Safer Transport Command.
When it became his turn to be served, Fofanah pulled a stocking over his face and took an assault rifle from the bag and aimed it at the cashier while demanding money.