Bank bosses order closure of branch in Bradford to protect staff and customers after second armed raid in week From Bradford Telegraph and Argus BANK bosses have ordered the temporary closure of a Bradford branch, to protect staff and customers after two terrifying armed robberies in a few weeks.
NatWest has taken the unusual step because of the raids in which guns have been brandished. In the first incident, on October 30, a woman customer had a gun held to her head after three masked men burst into the NatWest branch in Fair Road, Wibsey. During the latest robbery at the branch on Wednesday an "armed and dangerous" robber in a balaclava mask and motorcycle helmet, banged on the glass counter with what appeared to be a double barrelled sawn off shotgun. Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, who is in charge of the investigation, described Wednesday's robbery, which coach outlet 2016 took place at 4.20pm, as "shocking and terrifying" and said detectives were liaising with the bank's security coach factory outlet near me staff. Last night, a NatWest spokesman said: "Following the raid at the NatWest Wibsey branch, we are taking the necessary precautionary security measures to ensure our staff and customers are safe. As a result, the branch will remain temporarily closed while we undertake a full assessment of the situation." The spokesman apologised to customers and said they could use the branch in Hustlergate in the city centre. Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, who is leading the investigation, said staff were working behind glass counters when the gunman entered the branch. A female customer was standing at the counter, but fled the bank when the suspect walked in. He banged on one of the glass screens with the gun and said something similar to "get down" to the staff but they fled into the back of the premises and pressed the panic alarm. The robber left empty handed to a waiting black 4x4 car with a getaway driver. The vehicle, which was possibly a Dacia Duster, sped off towards Odsal Top. He said he was keeping an open mind about whether the raid was linked to the armed robbery at the same branch, at a similar time, on Friday, October 30. Two men were arrested and bailed in connection with it. Det Insp Bryar added: "We are offering reassurance patrols in that area. This type of incident is rare in coach outlet atlanta tech Wibsey.
We need the public's help in trying to identify those responsible." The gunman was described as of skinny build, 5ft 10ins to 6ft, wearing dark clothing, including jogging bottoms, and the motorcycle helmet on top of the balaclava. The getaway driver was an Asian man, believed to coach outlet coupons 5 minute be in his 20s, clean shaven and with short hair.
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