WOULD-BE robbers were forced to flee a Solihull bank after an attempt to smash their way in through the wall failed.
Police were called to the attempted robbery at Lloyds Bank on Chester Road, Castle Bromwich around 10.45am on Friday December 23 after a skip lorry was reversed into the side wall of the bank.
However very little damage was done to the bank wall and the lorry driver sped off empty handed in a dark blue car.
David Bray, a hairdresser at the nearby Unistyles Ladies and Gents Hair Salon, said he heard “a massive crash” as the skip truck hit the wall.
“I was outside and I heard a very loud crash and rattling, I thought something had been knocked over or a skip had been dropped.
“I wasn’t sure where it’d come from but when I went outside the front there were loads of people milling around and someone said there had been an attempted robbery, ”
Salon owner Janet Edwards added: “We heard the gossip so we all ran out to have a gander, as you do.
“It’s better than watching TV!
“Unfortunately we didn’t see anything, it was all over by then.”
Gary Philpotts, aged 51, from Castle Bromwich, who was passing just after the incident, said it was a “bodge job”.
“I was in a nearby shop and heard lots of sirens around. I heard someone say someone had tried to rob the bank by smashing through the wall and they’d got away in a Subaru.
“It seems such a bizarre thing to do. The day before Christmas Eve, when it’s a really busy area anyway, and it was the middle of the day. It’s crazy! If you were going to rob it, why not do it at night when it’s quieter?
“It looked like a bit of a bodge job to me.”
Police are investigating and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Solihull police on 101.