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Man jailed after robbing Bournemouth bank with banana disguised as a weapon

A man's been sentenced to 14 months in prison after admitting to robbing a bank in Bournemouth and being in possession of an imitation firearm.

Laurence James Vonderdell, who's 50 and from Christchurch Road handed himself into police shortly after committing the robbery on Monday 25th March.

At around 10.30am he entered the Barclays branch on Christchurch Road, approached one of the tills and threatened the cashier with a banana covered with an orange bag.

According to police, Vonderdell told her: "This is a stick up, give me the cash."

The cashier handed over a total of £1,100 in £20 notes, which Vonderdell took and walked out of the bank.

Shortly afterwards he handed himself into Bournemouth Police Station.

Detective Constable Andy Hale 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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