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Police probe after rural town ‘bank raid’

By Joseph Gartly
Police probe after rural town 'bank raid'

A MAJOR police operation was launched this morning after reports of a bank raid in Langholm.

The town’s High Street RBS branch was targeted in the early hours and the cashline machine and a window damaged.


Police Scotland confirmed they were attending an ‘incident,’ in which explosives were used to gain entry into the bank.


Local residents told DnG24 that they believed the raiders had escaped with a quantity of cash.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “At about 1.40 am the Royal Bank of Scotland was violated.

“Police arrived within about 15 minutes or so and upon arrival we could see that the window to the bank was smashed and there has been some damage to the ATM.

“Criminals have broken into the bank and they have used a method to cause an explosion in the ATM and have then stolen a large quantity of money.”

It was then revealed by Police Scotland that a Green Land Rover Defender 90, registration R445 YJC, was used as a “getaway” vehicle, and was later discovered burned out on the B6318.

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen this vehicle in the weeks leading up to the incident.


A team of forensic experts investigated the scene subsequent to its discovery, with a team of around 10 officers assisting with the investigations.

Langholm councillor Denis Male, who has campaigned against what he sees as a steady reduction in locally-based policing in the town, said: “I have emailed Police Scotland asking for an urgent meeting about a growing number of such incidents in the region.”

A spokesman from the Royal Bank of Scotland said: “We can confirm that an incident took place in the early hours of this morning and that we are co-operating with the police.

“No one was injured during the incident, however, the bank will be closed for investigation.”

The Langholm branch is one of three banks with a presence in the town.







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