Gloucester HSBC bank remains closed after robbery

Tens of thousands of pounds has been stolen during a ram raid on an HSBC bank in Gloucester.

Two men drove a Nissan 4x4 through the doors of the Quedgeley branch at 09:25 BST and snatched the money while it was being loaded into a cash machine.

Gloucestershire Police said the men, who were wearing balaclavas, stole "a substantial amount of money" from the bank in Olympus Park.

An appeal has been made to help find the green, double cab vehicle used.

A bank spokesman, who would not confirm the exact amount taken, said: "There was a raid on the branch earlier this morning, as branch staff were filling the ATMs with money from cassettes of cash.

"The raiders then made off with some cassettes."

A police spokesperson said a search had taken place with the police helicopter and officers were reviewing CCTV in the area.

The bank was closed following the incident and is expected to remain shut over the weekend.

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