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Kirkcaldy bank robbery: Images of holdall and van released

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Image caption Police say the suspect was seen carrying the holdall when he got into the taxi

Police investigating a bank robbery in Kirkcaldy last week have released an image of a holdall they believe was used by the suspect.

A taxi driver was abducted in Lochgelly and forced to carry out a raid at the Bank of Scotland in Mitchelston Industrial Estate on Wednesday.

Detectives have been reviewing CCTV and carrying out door-to-door inquiries.

They have also issued an image of a Volkswagen Caddy Van seen near the bank earlier in the day.

The taxi driver picked up the suspect from The Avenue in Lochgelly and was then made to present a note to bank staff demanding money.

The robbery sparked a bomb scare but it was later confirmed no explosives were involved in the incident.

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Image caption Detectives want to trace the owner of a black van seen near the bank earlier in the day

Making a fresh appeal for information, Det Insp Charlie Duncan said: "I have released a photograph of a holdall used during the robbery, which I know the male responsible was carrying before he entered the taxi, which drove him from Lochgelly to Kirkcaldy.

"It is an old JAKO, J1 sports holdall, which is no longer on sale. I would urge anyone who has seen one similar belonging to a person they may have concerns around to come forward.

"We are also interested in tracing the owner of a black Volkswagen Caddy van seen entering Mitchelston Industrial Estate directly behind the taxi used in the robbery. The vehicle is seen to park in the service area near to Martin Plant Hire on Carberry Place, Kirkcaldy about 1.10pm and leave again about half an hour later.

"In addition, I want to speak with a member of the public who walked past the snack van, parked directly outside the BMW garage on Carberry Road, Kirkcaldy at around 1:20pm and walked past the taxi, which was parked further up Carberry Road.

"I believe the person responsible was still seated within the taxi, when this male passed or may even been exiting as he was approached. It is vitally important we trace this person, as there is no CCTV covering this area."

The suspect was described as being as white, 5ft 6in tall, of heavy build. He was wearing a dark green baseball cap, a dark green scarf, a thick, dark blue jacket, tracksuit bottoms and sunglasses.

He spoke with a distinctive Eastern European accent.

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