Armed man attempts to hold up Barclays bank in Southsea

Police officers at the Barclays Bank in Osborne Road Southsea which was raided by robbers this afternoon.''Picture: Steve Reid (120289-245)
Police officers at the Barclays Bank in Osborne Road Southsea which was raided by robbers this afternoon.''Picture: Steve Reid (120289-245)
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A WOULD-BE robber who held up a bank at gunpoint is being hunted by police.

The raider entered Barclays bank in Osborne Road in Southsea, shortly after 2.15pm yesterday carrying what police believe was a handgun.

He walked up to the counter, banged on the glass and demanded money.

However staff refused and he fled empty-handed.

The branch was closed to customers while police carried out investigations in the area.

Officers guarded the door until the branch closed.

Amanda Riyami, of nearby Edwards for Men hair salon, said: ‘I didn’t see it happen but saw police cars turn up.

‘It’s quite rare down here. It doesn’t matter where you live, you have to be aware that it could happen.

‘It doesn’t make me scared but more aware.

‘I just hope everyone in the bank is alright because it must be quite a shock.’

One shop owner in Osborne Road, who did not want to be named said the incident was ‘too close for comfort’.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: ‘An attempt was made to rob the Barclays bank in Osborne Road, Southsea. Police were called at about 2.15pm.

‘A man entered the bank holding what is believed to be a handgun, banged on the glass and demanded money.

‘He wasn’t given any and left.’

The would-be robber was about 6ft tall and slim. He wore a black, waist-length fitted jacket, which looked shiny, with a black hood that was pulled down to cover most of his face.

He also wore blue skinny-fitted jeans and white trainers.

Anyone who spotted the suspect in the area or who knows his identity should call Fratton CID on 101.