Bank robbery

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WHILE Matlock isn’t renowned for bank robberies – or even particularly high crime for that matter – this old photograph is proof that the Dales has had its share over the years.

In May 1970, armed raiders got away with nearly £10,000 from the Midland Bank on Dale Road after gaining entry by sawing through metal bars on the back window.

When staff went to open the strong room they were confronted by two hooded men who ordered cashier Michael Swain to ‘open it up’ before he was knocked unconscious with a crowbar.

Senior cashier Jeffery Cook had a shotgun poked into his ribs as he unlocked the doors, but he was unharmed as was another female cashier.