Ian and Geraldine Hatton from Leicester have finally settled in a rented Housing Association bungalow after an extremely stressful time. They could not afford to pay the mortgage on a home so had to sell up after Ian lost his permanent job.
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He demanded the money after placing a carrier bag containing what appeared to be a heavy object on the counter.
Closures will be in place on the Aston Expressway, Park Circus and Salford Circus. There will be some full weekend closures and diversions.
West Midlands Police have said specially trained police negotiators are speaking with the woman to try and talk her down to safety.