Mid Wales

Man charged over robbery outside Machynlleth Barclays

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

A 24-year-old man from Birmingham is due to appear in court charged with robbery after cash was stolen from a security guard at a bank in Powys.

The raid happened at the entrance to Barclays in Machynlleth shortly before 1145 BST on Thursday.

Police said the man charged on Friday night will appear before Brecon magistrates

Two other men are still being hunted by police A large quantity of cash was later found in a field near Welshpool.

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

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

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Det Ch Insp Shane Williams of Dyfed-Powys Police said. "I would ask any members of the public who may see them not to approach them but to contact us immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Officers also thanked members of the Welshpool community for their help in the hunt for the robbers

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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