Wales

Cash recovered after raid outside Machynlleth Barclays

The Barclays branch in Machynlleth
Image caption Police cordoned off the bank after the incident

Police have recovered a "large quantity of cash" stolen from a security guard in a raid outside a Barclays branch in Powys.

The incident took place at the entrance to the bank in Machynlleth at about 1145 BST on Thursday.

Officers arrested one man soon afterwards, but are still hunting two others.

They were last seen near the Flash Leisure Centre and Gungrog Hill in Welshpool on Thursday afternoon.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the money was found in a field on the outskirts of the town, and they thanked people for their help in the hunt for the two suspects.

The robbers made off from the bank in a black BMW car and then switched to a white Mercedes in a village near Machynlleth. This car was later found abandoned near the Welshpool leisure centre.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the man arrested was being questioned.

"We are still looking for two further suspects, both white men," said Det Ch Insp Shane Williams.

"We are appealing for anyone who saw these men in the vicinity of the Flash Leisure Centre and Gungrog Hill in Welshpool between 12.30pm, and 5pm on Thursday to come forward and contact police on 101.

"Their general appearance is believed to be smart, and in their mid twenties.

"Yesterday evening a large quantity of cash was found by officers in a field on the outskirts of Welshpool.

"I'd like to thank members of the public in Welshpool who called in with information yesterday as the search was being undertaken for the suspects."

Police have appealed to hotel and bed and breakfast owners in the area who had guests matching the descriptions of the men to get in touch.

In a statement, Barclays said: "We are currently working with the police to assist them with their investigations during which time the branch will remain closed.

"The safety of our customers and staff will always be of utmost importance to us and we will work hard to minimise disruption to our customers and thank them for their understanding."

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