Police were called to the Natwest Bank in Birkdale Village, Southport at approximately 2:45pm this afternoon (Thursday 9th August 2012) following reports of a robbery.

 They arrived on scene within minutes to find the doors locked with staff and a  female customer locked inside.

Police  are currently searching the area  for a male wearing  a brown jacket who is wanted in connection with the robbery.

UPDATE: Saturday 11th August 2012

Merseyside Police can confirm that a 41-year-old man has been charged in relation to this incident.

Patrick Donahue, 41, of no fixed abode was arrested on Friday, 10th August 2012 and subsequently charged today (Saturday, 11th August 2012) with robbery and possession of a bladed weapon in public.

Donahue has been remanded in custody to appear at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 13 August


UPDATE Friday 9th August 2012

Detectives are investigating following an armed robbery at a bank in Birkdale this afternoon (Thursday, August 9).

Officers were called to the bank on Liverpool Road shortly after 2.25pm after receiving a report that a man had threatened a woman in the bank at knife point. She was not injured during the incident but was left very shaken.

Staff handed over a quantity of cash and the man left the bank on foot. It is thought that he headed in the direction of the train station.

He is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, around 6ft tall, of slim build with short dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a light coloured t-shirt and a brown leather jacket.

Officers have conducted house-to-house enquiries, carried out forensic examination of the scene and are looking through CCTV footage.

DI Jon Smith said: “We ask anyone with any information in connection with the incident to call us so we can take action against the offender.

“These kind of robberies are not victimless crimes and the woman has been left traumatised by the incident.

“Merseyside Police will not tolerate incidents of this nature and will act on all information we receive.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3011, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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