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Taunton armed bank raider James Rashbrook is jailed

Lloyds Bank Fore Street Taunton
Image caption Rashbrook was reported to have run in to the bank shouting "this is an armed robbery"

A man who admitted trying to rob a bank in Taunton town centre armed with a machete has been jailed for 30 months.

At Taunton Crown Court James Rashbrook, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of a bladed item.

The raid took place at Lloyds Bank in Fore Street on 5 August just before midday - no money was taken.

Rashbrook was quickly apprehended by two customers who held him until police arrived, the court was told.

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