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Friday, 10 August 2012 (3029470)
Man, 41, held after bank robbery
by David Simister


A 41-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court after an armed robbery at a bank in Birkdale last Thursday (August 9), police officers investigating the incident have said.

Merseyside Police confirmed that officers had charged Patrick Donahue, with robbery and possession of a bladed weapon in public in connection with the incident at the Liverpool Road bank, in which a woman was threatened at knifepoint and staff ordered to give over an unspecified quantity of cash.

DI Jon Smith said: “We ask anyone with any information in connection with the incident to call us so we can take action against the offender.

”These kind of robberies are not victimless crimes and the woman has been left traumatised by the incident. Merseyside police will not tolerate incidents of this nature and will act on all information we receive.“

Donahue, of no fixed abode, appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court on Monday (August 13) where he was remanded to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on August 28.

Officers investigated the incident have since conducted house-to-house enquiries, carried out forensic examination of the scene and are looking through CCTV footage taken by the bank's security cameras, but appealed for witnesses to come forward with more information about the incident.

If you have any information about the robbery call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3011, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.






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