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Attempted robbery at Natwest in Southbourne
2:06pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Bournemouth
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- Police were called to an attempted robbery at Natwest in Southbourne Grove, Southbourne at 12.05pm.
- Officers, including armed police, are currently searching the area.
- It is believed one man committed the attempted robbery.
- Local traders have said no one was injured but members of the public were inside the bank at the time.
There's been an attempted armed robbery at my NatWest bank in Southbourne, do hope all the lovely staff are not too shaken and recovering ok— @Teannabanna 24 October 2012
A NatWest spokesperson has issued the following statement:
"We are working with police to investigate an incident at our NatWest Southbourne branch today. As always, the safety and security of our customers and staff is our main priority and the branch will remain closed for the rest of the day but we expect to open again at 9am tomorrow. Customers can use our branches at Boscombe and Christchurch as well as our online, telephone and mobile banking services."
Drama in Sunny Southbourne, Natwest has had a robbery. Hope all the staff are ok— @1SunsetSmiler 24 October 2012
@Bournemouthecho the police helicopter is still hovering over southbourne/pokesdown area— @LeahMayConway 24 October 2012
@echonewsdesk also heli flying over boscombe for well over 20 mins.headed towards s'bourne.now back here— @RenatoMMarques 24 October 2012
Police seem to have left the bank now and there is a sign telling customers to go Boscombe branch.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
2:55pm Wed 24 Oct 12
Helicopter currently over Cecil Road, Boscombe
@Bournemouthecho The Police Helicopter is hovering above me???#boscombe— @RacingGirlKaz 24 October 2012
We are also being told that one man committed the attempted robbery.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
There are still loads of police cars driving up and down Southbourne Grove.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
We have been told by local traders that no one was injured in the incident but members of the public were inside at the time.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
The police helicopter is hovering over the bank and Southbourne Grove.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
Hope all the staff at natwest Southbourne are Ok, we bank there and they are all very nice #southbournebankjob— @shepbh6 24 October 2012
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Traders we have spoken to say they were unaware of the robbery until police arrived on scene.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
Police officers have been speaking to traders nearby to see if they have any information about the incident.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
@Bournemouthecho incident at Southbourne Grove Nat West - lots of police response - any news?— @andteastore 24 October 2012
What is going on in southbourne??! 4 police cars 2 police bikes and a police can outside natwest #drama— @TeaganMaddocks 24 October 2012
is it safe to go into Southbourne Grove yet ???— @shepbh6 24 October 2012
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said they were called at 12.05pm to a report of an attempted robbery at the Natwest bank in Southbourne Grove.
Paula's just taken this picture of police activity outside Natwest. Officers including armed police are currently searching the area:
Here's a locator map for the Southbourne branch:
Our reporter Paula Roberts is currently at the scene and will be providing updates. Here's what she's told us so far:
Dozens of police cars are in the area of Seabourne Road and Southbourne Grove— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
And there are a number of police officers on foot in the area.— @echonewsdesk 24 October 2012
Police have been called to an attempted robbery at Natwest in Southbourne Grove, Southbourne this afternoon.