£20,000 Robbery at Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

The Daily Echo today reports on a robbery at the popular Ocean Village restaurant and bar, Banana Wharf. According to the Daily Echo:

A terrified restaurant worker was punched, kicked and threatened with a knife during a £20,000 raid on a Hampshire restaurant. Four balaclava clad robbers stormed into Banana Wharf as a staff member was leaving the building at closing time. She was bundled in to a kitchen and held there while the three other men went upstairs and confronted the 28-year-old assistant manager.

They ordered him to open the safe and he only complied after being set upon and threatened with a knife. After taking £20,000 in cash, they fled from the restaurant through the fire exit and are thought to have escaped in a vehicle.

Detectives have launched an appeal for witnesses to the incident, which left the victims with minor injuries and suffering from shock. It is thought the men may have used a white five door Land Rover or Range Rover style vehicle and police are also interested in hearing from anyone who saw this in the area.

Thankfully events of this type are rare here at Ocean Village and we express our sincere sympathies to those caught up in this terrible event. If you have any information relating to this incident then please contact the police directly on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Alternatively you can complete an anonymous form on the Crimestoppers website.

[Update on 26th April 2012 from The Daily Echo]

Detectives investigating an armed raid on a Southampton restaurant want to trace the owner or driver of a white Range Rover Sport.

The 4×4 was seen in the area just after a masked gang escaped with £20,000 from Banana Wharf, in Ocean Village.

The car was seen in Channel Way at 11.20pm. Police want the owner to come forward so they can be ruled out of the investigation. They also want to speak to people who were in the Channel Way area between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Easter Monday.