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Amount stolen in bank robbery was 'significant'

Branch has now re-opened Credit: PA

Lloyds Bank has said that the amount stolen in a robbery at a branch in Hull on Tuesday was 'significant', although it is not disclosing just how much.

The branch, In Newland Avenue, re-opened this afternoon and staff, who were inside at the time, are being given support and counselling by both Humberside Police and Llloyds.

No-one was hurt in the raid, which saw three men in dark clothing use wooden ladders to access the roof of the bank, before breaking through into the building just before 5pm.

Humberside Police say they are working in Partnership with Merseyside Police as the grey Nissan Qashqai used in the getaway was stolen in the Liverpool area.

We are working closely with our colleagues in Merseyside, sharing information in order to identify the suspects for this offence. There are also a number of CCTV enquiries that we are following up.

I want to say thank you to the people of Hull for their fantastic response to yesterday’s appeal. They have given us a number of new lines of enquiry to follow up, especially in relation to vehicles seen near the scene.

– Det Insp Christine Calvert

Elderly women conned out of £206,000

Two elderly women from East Yorkshire have been conned out of a total of £206,000 between them by conmen posing as Metropolitan Police officers.

The first was persuaded to transfer £129,000 and a second woman £77,000 after falling foul of the scam.

Beware of conmen Credit: PA

In both cases the women were called by someone claiming to be from their bank’s head office, who told them their accounts had been compromised. He transferred them to a second man who claimed he was a Superintendent with the Met, who advised them to transfer funds to a secure account, which he provided details for.

In the last month, a 74-year-old woman was targeted twice in two days, transferring £44,000 and then £85,000 to the conmen. An 83-year-old was also hit twice in two days, handing over £50,000 and then £27,000.

Three others have also received similar calls, but did not transfer any money.

These are very unpleasant incidents, targeted at vulnerable victims, where a woman has been scammed out of a large amount of money by highly believable and unscrupulous criminals. Officers are working alongside colleagues from Action Fraud to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. Our aim now is to spread awareness of the scam to prevent others falling foul of this con. Firstly, police would never ask a member of the public to transfer or hand over money. If you are unsure, call your bank or the police – from a different phone – to check whether the call is legitimate.

– Det Insp Rich Osgerby

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Bank robbers make off with 'large amount' of cash

Large amount of cash taken

Police are appealing for witnesses to a bank robbery in a busy student area of Hull.

The thieves stole a large amount of cash from the Newland Avenue branch of Lloyds Bank at around 5pm yesterday evening. At least three men were involved.

Police say they used a ladder to break in through the roof. Staff were still at work at the time, but no-one was injured. The gang then fled in a grey Nissan Qashqai before changing vehicles near Loveridge Avenue. They were all described as being of slim build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

We are looking into a number of lines of enquiry. However, this is a really busy student area and someone must have seen something. Did you see anyone in the area with a set of ladders? Did you see the vehicle in Newland Avenue or the surrounding area? Was there a strange vehicle parked in the Loveridge Avenue area? We would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

– Detective Sergeant Christine Calvert

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Family's plea for tighter gambling regulations

A father and son from Sheffield are heading to Downing Street today to demand tighter regulation of the gambling industry. David Bradford served eight months in prison after stealing £50,000 from his employers to fund his secret gambling addiction.

Later the family discovered their home had been re-mortgaged to pay off David's debts and now they face losing their home of 30 years in the next couple of weeks. David's debts total nearly £500,000.

Historic Hull bank notes to go under the hammer

Two historic bank notes issued in the 19th century by a privately-owned bank in Hull are each expected to fetch hundreds of pounds at auction.

This historic £5 note is expected to sell for more than £200 at auction Credit: Spink Auctioneers
£10 note issued in the 19th century by a private Hull bank is to be auctioned Credit: Spink Auctioneers

The £5 and £10 notes were issued by the Hull and Kingston upon Hull Bank which printed its own money. At one time the bank was partly-owned by William Wilberforce's family.

They will be auctioned at Spink Auctioneers in Bloomsbury, London, next week.

Cash-strapped charity may be forced to stop restoring Victoria Cross graves

A charitable trust that helps to restore the graves of soldiers who have been awarded the Victoria Cross, fears it will struggle to carry on cleaning them due to a lack of funds.

Albert Edward Shepherd's gravestone before it was restored by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust Credit: Victoria Cross Trust
Albert Edward Shepherd's gravestone after it was restored by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust Credit: Victoria Cross Trust

The Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust has been restoring graves in the region - like Albert Shepherd's in Royston in Barnsley, for four years. It's now appealing for support from the public to help carry on the work.

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