Merseyside Police can confirm the 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Merseyside Police has arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted robbery following an incident in Old Swan this morning (Monday, 19 May 2014).
At about 8am this morning security guards were making a cash delivery to a business on Prescot Road, Old Swan, when they were approached by a male with a face covering.
Officers from Liverpool North, who were watching the security van from a patrol car as part of the force’s Operation Guardian initiative, spotted the male as he approached the security guards. They chased the male and arrested him on suspicion of attempt robbery. The 15-year-old male has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be interviewed by detectives from the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime team.
Operation Guardian is an initiative designed to tackle cash in transit robberies. The initiative includes the use ofboth high-visibility and covert patrols on the ground across the force who provide escort security to cash in transit vehicles as they carry out their normal deliveries.
The use of escort patrols is complemented by anumber of other tactics aimed at preventing cash in transit robberies including the use of overt and covert CCTV monitoring and the deployment of forensic sprays or dye, which are placed in cash containers and are activated when the cash container is opened.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hesketh, from the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said: “Our message to criminals contemplating carrying out this type of crime is clear – we will find you and we will put you before the courts so that justice can be done.
“Robberies targeting cash-in-transit vehicles, banks, post offices and commercial businesses, are not victimless crimes and cause deep distress to those at the brunt of the attacks. In the majority of cases the offenders do not hesitate to use violence against innocent people, which can result in life-changing mental and physical injuries.
“We are committed to cracking down on criminals, who make the lives of people making an honest living in the security and commercial industries, a misery.
“We will continue to use all the powers available to us to target these criminals, prevent offences and bring those responsible to justice.”
Police are asking anyone who may have information in relation to this incidentÂ to contact the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime team onÂ 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.