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Armed gang threaten staff in Telford bank robbery

By Keri Trigg | Donnington | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A manhun is under way after bank staff were threatened with a hammer and a crowbar in an armed robbery.

Police tape around the crime scene

Lloyds in Donnington, Telford, was targeted by two men carrying what police believe were a crowbar and hammer at around 11.10am on Tuesday.

It is not known whether the men managed to take any money before making their getaway.

A car was found on fire nearby, in between Coronation Drive and School Road, which was believed to be connected to the incident. The blaze was put out by the fire service.

Telford superintendent, Tom Harding, said there would be an increased police presence in the area while investigations continue.

“There is a visible police presence in Donnington as we carry out enquiries into this incident and I would ask anyone who does have information that could assist to get in contact. We will have officers in the area to offer reassurance to the local community and anyone concerned can speak to an officer.

“Fortunately, incidents like this do not happen very often but we understand the impact they can have when they do happen.”

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People who were nearby during the robbery said they heard a loud rumbling noise – like someone moving wheelie bins – before police officers arrived.

A Lloyds spokesman said the branch was likely to remain closed today.

Anyone with information should contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 230s 110918. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

It has been less than three months since the bank was last targeted, when cash was stolen from a delivery van outside.

Two men wearing dark clothing were spotted leaving the scene in a car thought to be a black Seat Leon at around 11.20am on June 26.

Nobody was hurt during the robbery of the G4S security van, which targeted while it was dropping off money to the branch.

Keri Trigg

By Keri Trigg
Reporter - @KeriTrigg_Star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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