POLICE stormed in and arrested a man on suspicion of robbery after police received reports of a man wielding a knife inside a bank.
Witness Lisa Abraham said she was shocked as she watched the drama unfold at the Lloyds bank, in London Road, North End, Portsmouth.
You don’t expect to see that sort of thing and was shocked by itWitness Lisa Abraham
The 29-year-old of Fratton, was using the cashpoint outside the bank when she saw a man being handcuffed and escorted out during the middle of the day yesterday.
The mother-of-two said: ‘I had used the cashpoint outside the bank and was standing and chatting to a friend I had bumped into.
‘I heard a screeching sort of noise from inside the bank and turned to have a look.
‘It all happened really fast, but two women with pushchairs started walking out slowly before they moved quicker.
‘When they came out I heard them say the man in front of them had a knife.
‘They had been stood in front of the customer services desk.’
Hampshire police sent two police cars to the bank after an alarm was raised shortly before 12.30pm.
Waitress Lisa added: ‘The police were brilliant.
‘It all happened so fast and they were there very quickly and had the guy in handcuffs fast.
‘You don’t expect to see that sort of thing and was shocked by it.’
Hampshire Constabulary confirmed it was called just before 12.30pm to an incident at the bank.
A spokeswoman said they had been called to reports of a man with a knife and that a 27-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of robbery. Last night police had not charged the man.
A spokesman for Lloyds bank said it would it would not comment on the matter as it is now a police incident.