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Watford bank siege: Three Luton men in court

Three men have appeared in court in connection with the theft of £160,000 after a three-hour siege at a bank.

Officers were called to the Co-op Bank in Market Street, Watford, on Thursday.

Three men appeared at Hatfield Remand Court charged with conspiracy to commit a bomb hoax and theft.

The three, all from Luton, are Co-op Bank worker Muhammed Qasim Salam, 23, from Bracknell Close; Imran Khalifa, 23, from Maidenhall Road and Faizan Rehman, 23, of Havelock Road.

The three were also charged with conspiracy to steal. They were remanded in custody.

Armed police were called to the bank during the incident.

Hatfield Remand Court in Hertfordshire, where the three made their appearance on Monday, was told the money has still not been recovered.

The three were not required to enter pleas to the charges and were told the case against them was being sent to the crown court.

They will make their first appearance at St Albans Crown Court in August.

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