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Man jailed after robbing bank with a banana

He concealed the fruit in a plastic bag while shouting: ‘This is a stick-up, give me the cash.’

Laurence James Vonderdell, 50, from Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, threatened a cashier with a banana concealed in a plastic bag (Handout/PA)
Laurence James Vonderdell, 50, from Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, threatened a cashier with a banana concealed in a plastic bag (Handout/PA)

A man who robbed a bank while holding a banana has been jailed for 14 months.

Laurence James Vonderdell, 50, from Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, threatened a cashier at a branch of Barclays while pointing the fruit, which he covered in a 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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