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Robber used 'plastic gun' to hold up Lloyds bank in Garston Park Parade
A robber used a toy weapon to raid a Garston bank, according to an eye witness.
Garston pensioner Joan Debbins was in the Lloyds bank in Garston Park Parade on Friday morning, when a man entered wearing a balaclava and motorcycle helmet.
He demanded money from the staff while waving around what appeared to be a pistol, but Ms Debbins, who had a better view of the weapon, realised it was a fake.
She said: "I was at the counter being served when this man walked him. I thought he was a security guard.
"I was standing right by the side of him. He started shouting ‘money, money, money, give me the money’. The girls behind the tills were petrified.
"I turned around and said "that’s a plastic gun". It was so obvious, I thought he was an idiot.
"It was the kind of thing you would have bought for your kids. It had no trigger and no hole at the end of the barrel, so I knew there was nothing coming out of it."
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The man then fled the bank and pedalled away on a bicycle. Armed police arrived and detained all the customers until 11am.
Ms Debbins said: "I’ve tossed and turned in bed thinking about it and what I could have done. My kids have told me off because I think I could have done something.
"Everyone is telling me I should have kept my mouth shut."
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