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Man who robbed bank with a Banana is jailed

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A man who robbed a bank with Banana has been jailed for 14 months.

Laurence James Vonderdell aged 50 threatened the cashier at the branch of Barclays while pointing the fruit covered in a plastic bag.

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Causing the fear that there was a real firearm hidden inside the plastic bag.

Police said he shouted, “This is a stick-up, give me the cash,” and walked away with £1,100 in £20 notes.

Vonderdell handed himself in at a nearby police station shortly afterwards. He was sentenced on Monday at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.

Detective Constable Andy Hale, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Even though the defendant handed himself in shortly after this incident and the cash was recovered, this must still have been a very distressing incident for the cashier involved.”

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news.

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