LESMAHAGOW villagers are shocked at a five-figure sum being stolen from their RBS branch at around 5am on Sunday, the second robbery at the bank since the turn of the year.
Lesmahagow Community Council chairman Dave Ritchie said: “It’s pretty shocking.
“I have lived in the village all my days and these things don’t normally happen in Lesmahagow. It’s very unusual and I just can’t believe it.
“I think there should be more police patrols in the village. I can’t remember the last time I actually saw a police officer in the village.
“I know they are under-resourced and spread pretty thin, but people are worried because of these incidents.”
Community Council secretary Karen McKay added: “I was very shocked when I heard the news considering it is the second time that the bank has been robbed in such a short space of time.
“Looking on Facebook, a number of local residents are outraged and angered by it. Some people feel that since the police front office counter closed there has been a rise in crime in the village. That is certainly the perception.”
Witnesses can contact officers at Wishaw via 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.
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