David Hempseed, aged 60, has been charged in relation to holding a staff member hostage at Natwest in Northfield on Friday (17/03).

West Midlands Police were alerted, just before 11.45AM, to a man having entered the bank on Bristol Road South and holding a female staff member hostage in an interview room.

Hempseed, who is from the local area, is accused of false imprisonment and possession of an imitation firearm inside the bank. He is also charged with possession of a knife and arson with intent to endanger life.

He has been remanded in custody to face the allegations at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (20/01).