False alarm triggers police swoop on Dundee city centre bank

by Jonathan Adams

An accidental panic alarm slip-up caused police to swarm around a busy Dundee bank.

Officers rushed to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the city’s High Street around 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Police arrived at the bank as shocked members of the public watched.

Two police cars were seen parked near the entrance, while officers were spotted rushed into the building.

Another three officers were seen guarding the entrance, raising concerns among worried shoppers of a possible incident.

But it is understood a member of staff had triggered the branch’s panic alarm by accident.

According to an eyewitness: “I was walking up from the Murraygate and heard a siren”.

“A police van then whizzed up from Commercial Street and stopped outside the front of the RBS.

“Two officers got out and ran into the bank.

“Another police car parked outside shortly afterwards.

“There were three police officers standing at the entrance of the bank.”

The member of the public also praised the speed with which officers dealt with a potentially dangerous situation.

She said: “There were also quite a few onlookers to the incident.

“A few of the people watching the scene unfolding said the incident was dealt with quite quickly.”

A spokesman for the RBS confirmed yesterday’s incident was not a criminal matter and added: “Thankfully, it was a false alarm.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland attended a report of an alarm activation.

“This was a false alarm with good intent.”

While bank robberies have fallen by more than 90% over the past 20 years, a bank in Fife was targeted by a raider as recently as last year.

Last month, Andrew Patrick was jailed for more than six years for robbing a bank in Kirkcaldy.

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