Two further arrests after Poole HSBC armed bank robbery

HSBC bank in Broadstone, Poole
Image caption Police are still looking for "other possible suspects" after the robbery

Two more men have been arrested after an armed robber was chased from a Dorset bank by a passer-by.

The raider entered the HSBC bank in Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, Poole, on Thursday morning and demanded cash.

A witness said it looked like he had a bag of money, and as he was chased away, he pointed the gun at a man who was running after him.

Dorset Police said they had recovered an imitation firearm.

A man in his mid 20s, arrested at an address on Commercial Road on Thursday, has been released on bail.

Two other men, aged 24 and 26, and both from Poole, are being questioned by officers.

The robbery took place at about 09:40 BST and police said the raider got into a red vehicle.

Armed police, a helicopter and dog units assisted in pursuit of the robber.

Det Insp Pete Little said: "In order to reassure members of the public, we have increased patrols and deployed extra resources in the Broadstone area and they are likely to remain in place for the next couple of days."

He appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

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