Man's hold-up joke in Wrexham bank backfires


Staff reporter

A MAN walked into a bank and shouted “put all your money in a bag” as a joke.

Police, however, described the incident as the worst attempted bank robbery they had ever dealt with.

Jason Lee Haynes, of Darland View, Rossett was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs for the section five public order offence at Lloyds TSB on Priory Street in Wrexham.

Haynes, 30, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The court heard that on November 2 Haynes entered the branch of Lloyds with a friend who was withdrawing cash.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said that while his friend was engaged in the transaction, Haynes was stood behind him and was heard to shout loudly “put all your money in a bag” within earshot of staff and customers.

Mr Ellis said: “The female cashier didn’t respond but felt alarmed and upset. After the outburst the defendant left the bank and police were informed.”

CCTV operators then tracked Haynes down to Wrexham Magistrates Court where he was attending to answer a separate charge and police arrested him.

Andy Holliday defending said when Haynes was taken into custody police officers described it as “the worst attempted bank robbery they had ever dealt with”.

Haynes said that he was not aware of staff at the time of his outburst and had meant it as a joke with his friend.

He accepted, however, that the cashier may have found it difficult to take his remarks in such a manner.

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