A ‘bank robber’ has been jailed for life for attempting to hold up a bank in London, armed with a fake handgun.
Andrew Fernandez walked into Lloyds bank in Croyden and pointed the gun at staff behind the counter, demanding cash.
Luckily for bank staff, window cleaner James Rowley was having a bad day, and saw STRAIGHT through Fernandez.
James berated the would-be robber until Fernandez fled empty handed – and then CHASED after him.
As the robber tried to make his escape on a bike, James ran out of the bank and grabbed hold of him until police arrived.
Fernandez later pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery, and was sentenced to life in prison.
He was also handed a further eight years for firearms offences.
Meanwhile James, from Caterham, Surrey, has been praised for his bravery, presented with a Commendation for his actions by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, and will also receive a Police Public Bravery Award later this week.