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CCTV released of Yorkshire Bank robbery

Police have released CCTV images of a woman who is wanted in connection with a robbery at Yorkshire Bank, High Street, Grantham, on April 30.


At around 2.30pm a woman entered the premises and demanded money from staff. She claimed she had a gun but no weapon was seen.

The woman made off with a quantity of cash and was seen turning right out of the premises onto the High Street, towards Vine Street and the Angel & Royal Hotel.

She is described as wearing black vest top, black trousers, and had a black coat over her head. She had dark hair, was of medium to large build, and was thought to have been aged around 30 or 40.

Anyone who may have seen a woman matching that description, or who may have seen or heard anything suspicious around the area of the bank at the time, is asked to contact police.

Branches affected by Yorkshire Bank changes

Yorkshire Bank are to make changes to their network, affecting nine branches across our region.

Branches in Bingley, Bradford, Goldthorpe, and Thirsk will be replaced by new sites at Keighley, Shipley, Mexborough, and Northallerton. Scunthorpe's branch will change but it has not been announced where the replacement branch will be located.

Hull's Bransholme branch will move to Holderness, while the Armley branch in Leeds will be replaced by one in Bramley.

Two branches in Sheffield at Haymarket and The Moor will close to be replaced by one on Fargate.


Union reacts to Yorkshire Bank changes

Union bosses have criticised Yorkshire Bank's decision to close some branches and create flagship sites instead.

The Bank say no jobs will be lost as a result of the changes but critics say taking banks off the high street will not help customers.

"The bank is cutting costs and eroding community banking which we believe leaves customers with less choice. Customers are being short-changed by high street banks replacing counter staff with machines, yet, according to our own poll, nearly three-quarters of people want the human touch, not just a machine in their local bank branch. Unite will oppose compulsory redundancies and we expect the company to do everything possible to make redeployment an option and allow workers to move to neighbouring branches wherever possible.

– Rob Macgregor, Unite

Yorkshire Bank to change branch network

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks are to close 28 "unsustainable" branches and invest £45million in customer improvements under plans to reshape their retail banking operations.

Six "flagship" branches will be developed as well as improved mobile and internet banking services under a programme to "replace, renew, relocate and reinvest" across the retail branch network.

The company say it will save £5 million by the branch closures, adding that frontline jobs will be safeguarded.

New posts are being created at the banks' busiest branches, while support will be given to displaced branch managers.

"There's a lot of positive change being driven forward for our customers and there needs to be more as we build a better bank. Here we are making a significant investment to meet the changing needs of customers now and in the future. Our resources must now be focused on where they can deliver the best results for customers, moving with them as their demands change.

A branch network remains at the core of what we do, and we are investing in it, but we must balance that against the investment we need to make in the services customers now expect and are using more - online and mobile banking services that give customers control of their finances when and where they want it most

– David Thorburn, chief executive of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank,