Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Witham.
Officers were called to reports a security van driver was approached by a man with a firearm as he walked out of the Halifax branch in The Newlands at around 12.15 today (Thursday, October 20).
The man threatened the driver, a man in his 40s, and made off in a silver/grey Rover with a box containing a five-figure sum of cash.
A silver/grey Rover was also found on fire in Blunts Hall Road, Witham and officers are investigating whether it is linked.
The suspect is described as having a tanned complexion, was about 6ft tall, and wore an ankle length dark trench-style coat, dark glasses and a dark baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.
Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.