Call for shoppers to return stolen cash

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Shoppers have been asked by the police to hand back hundreds of pounds in cash thrown in the air by a bank robber moments after he strolled out of the branch.

After telling staff at a branch of Barclays in Winchester he had a gun, and threatening to shoot them, the robber calmly walked out with £1,600 in his hand.

He then strolled 50 yards along the street and threw the money into the air, sitting down and crossing his legs, as the notes fluttered to the ground.

Shoppers scooped up the notes, and many hurried away. It is understood that only about £300 has been recovered so far.

Detectives are now calling on members of the public who picked up the money to return it to their nearest police station.

Detective Inspector Andy Symes, of Hampshire Police, said: "We would ask that any members of the public who have found money in Jewry Street, or surrounding streets, to please hand the money in to their nearest police station, as this money is evidence in our investigation."