Man arrested after staff held hostage at gunpoint in Natwest Bank.

A man, aged 60, has been arrested on suspicion of holding a staff member at gunpoint inside Natwest on Bristol Road South in Northfield.

West Midlands Police were alerted, just before 11.45AM this morning (17/03), to a man having entered the bank and holding a female staff member hostage in an interview room.

It’s understood the man produced a firearm from a bag − but no threats or demands for money were made and no-one was injured.

Officers, including armed police, contained the building and negotiators were sent to the scene.

But the man − believed to be from the local area and a customer at the branch − left the bank and surrendered to police at around 12.50PM.

He has been taken to hospital for an assessment but is expected to later be questioned on suspicion of firearms offences.

West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Shaun Phillips, said: “Officers quickly surrounded the bank, set-up a street cordon and established phone contact with some staff members who were hiding in a back room.

“It’s understood the man was with one female staff member, while other staff were lying low in another back room. No customers were caught up in the incident and no-one was hurt.

“The man’s motive is unclear at this stage but it doesn’t appear this was a robbery attempt.

“Staff did exactly the right thing in remaining calm and I’d like to praise their actions in what was undoubtedly a scary situation. Thankfully we managed to quickly bring it to an end very quickly.”

 

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