Police have been called to Exeter City Centre after an attempted bank robbery.
Witnesses reported a heavy police presence in Exeter city centre after the incident at NatWest bank in Exeter High Street. The attempted robbery took place at 1.10pm today.
Police remained in the area in high numbers for around two hours.
Officers said a man walked into the branch and demanded cash after telling the cashier he was armed.
He then made off with what police are calling a 'substantial' quantity of cash - although it has not been revealed how much was taken.
It is understood that the cashier was unharmed - but shaken by the ordeal.
Police are now hunting for the man - he's described as white, clean shaven, of medium build, in his late 40s. He was wearing a blue w fleece or jacket - possibly khaki trousers.
Police forensic officers and the dog unit attended and an investigation is ongoing.
Unconfirmed reports have come in that police were also called to the Ladbrokes Store in Fore Street where a man was dealt with by police.
One passer-by said: “There was a lot of police in the city centre. Nat West is closed. I saw police dogs and several vans. They seemed to be interested in Fore Street, and there was a lot of activity there.”
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