Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at a bank in Borough High Street
Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at a bank in Borough High Street

Police have arrested a man who ran through the streets armed with a gun after robbing a bank in south-east London.

Witnesses described seeing the man running with what appeared to be an AK47 before entering a pub in Borough High Street, near London Bridge

Police were called following reports of an armed robbery at a Barclays bank. Witnesses then described how the suspect ran through the nearby George pub.

Darren Burn, an ITN news producer who was at the scene, tweeted: "I'm not exaggerating when I say myself, Samuel Whiston and my uncle just had to get on the floor as a gunman run through the pub we're in the George pub in Borough and black man with a gun that looked like an AK47 run through. Men chasing him shouting 'get down he has a gun'.

"Never had to get down on floor before. Whole moment surreal and I didn't react fast enough. Samuel and my uncle hit the floor.

"Called the cops but they're still not here. Gunman was carrying gun with a Sports Direct bag in tow.

"Three armed police now arrived and pursuing suspect."

A second eyewitness who was near the bank told LBC 97.3: "The security was saying 'get down, he's got a gun, he's got a gun', everybody started getting down.

"As soon as he came out he started running towards Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital near London Bridge Station.

"There was panic because he was holding a black bag in one hand and the gun in the other."

The bank involved in the robbery has been closed for the rest of the day.

A police spokesperson said: "We can confirm police were called on Thursday 25 July at approximately 13:47hrs to reports of an armed robbery at a bank in Borough High Street, SE1.

"A man has been arrested and taken to a south London police station. No further details at this early stage."

The incident is due to be dealt with by the Met's Flying Squad.