Armed man takes hostages at bank in Britain: police
An armed man took a number of people hostage in a bank in Britain on Monday, police said.
Police said the man took hostages after entering a branch of Barclays bank in Ashford, west London, at around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT).
A police spokeswoman said: "A number of people were inside the bank at the time and currently the man is still believed to be inside the premises.
"It is believed that there are still people in the bank."
Police were using a helicopter to observe the scene.
Detective Superintendent Alan Sharp of Surrey Police said police were on the scene "within minutes" and were assessing the situation.
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