Luton’s Co-Op bank evacuated as fleeing robbers leave ‘suspicious device’

The Alma Street bank. Credit: Stewart Carr.
The Alma Street bank. Credit: Stewart Carr.

Luton’s Co-Operative bank was evacuated after fleeing robbers stole cash and left a ‘suspicious device’ on the premises.

The robbery took place in the Alma Street bank at 11.40am this morning (December 7), with eyewitnesses reporting a strong police presence at the scene soon after.

The offenders took cash but also left a ‘suspicious’ item on site, and a cordon was left in place while officers examined it.

A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman, said: “We were called at approximately 11.40am this morning (Friday) to reports of a robbery at the Co-Operative Bank in Alma Street, Luton.

“During the robbery the offenders left a suspicious item at the bank, before fleeing the scene with a quantity of cash.

“The bank was evacuated and a cordon was put in place as a precaution while the device was examined, however it was found not to be suspicious.

“An investigation is on-going in relation to the robbery and anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 124 of 7 December.”

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