Five arrested after Edinburgh RBS bank robbery

POLICE have arrested a gang of five men who allegedly tried to rob a city centre bank in Edinburgh while armed with axes.

Police respond to reports of a robbery at the RBS branch in Tollcross. Picture: Jane Barlow

The incident happened at a branch of Royal Bank of Scotland in Home Street in the Tollcross area of the capital at lunchtime yesterday.

Shoppers and local residents looked on as a police cordon was placed around the area as the investigation got under way shortly after 12:30pm.

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It is understood that the gang was later apprehended in Howdenhall Road in the south of the city.

Detective Inspector Stuart Harkness said: “Police were called to a report of a robbery at RBS in Tollcross. A number of armed men entered the building and demanded cash.

“No-one was injured during this incident, however this was a frightening and intimidating experience for the staff and members of public at the branch.”

An RBS spokesman said: “We can confirm a incident took place at our Tollcross branch in Edinburgh. We are co-operating with the police.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information, or who witnessed this robbery, to contact them.