Update 3rd Jan 2016 8pm.
Dyfed Powys Police said confirmed that the incident was an accident and not a Smash and Grab raid as first reported. The incident involved a Ford Kuga, which crashed into the store. Luckily no one was injured in the accident though a female shopper has been treated for shock. The car has now been removed from the interior of the store, police are continuing to investigate, though as far as we re aware the driver of the vehicle has not been charged with any criminal offence, arrests have not been made.
Update 3rd Jan 2016 6pm. We ve received some indication that this may be an accident, we have asked the police for confirmation but as of yet they have not replied to our request.
We ll keep you posted.
Original Story: 3rd January 4pm.
We ve just been alerted by one of our readers of a suspected Smash and Grab raid that s taken place in Crosshands. Pics taken by Joanna Morgan. We ll let you know more as we get more details.
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KEY talks to save Llanfyllin s last remaining bank have failed.
Mayor of Llanfyllin, Councillor Ann Williams, was joined by Powys councillor Peter Lewis, Glyn Davies MP and Russell George AM in a bid to convince senior management at HSBC to make a U-turn over its plans for the village. The branch at Llanfair Caereinion also faces the same fate. Mr George, who presented results from a recent residents survey showing overwhelming support for the retention of both branches, said: In spite of our calls for them to reconsider, they were not willing to reverse their decision and keep these branches open.
However, they informed us that customers will be able to access their accounts at the local Post Office in both Llanfyllin and Llanfair Caereinion.
During the meeting, both Cllr Lewis and Cllr Williams were strong advocates for the people of Llanfyllin and I m pleased we have such dedicated councillors to fight for our local community.
Cllr Lewis added: The closure of banks is having a devastating effect on our rural villages, with the elderly and disabled the most disadvantaged.
There are still significant issues with the quality and reliability of mobile and broadband signals in this part of Montgomeryshire so mobile banking doesn t always replace permanent over-the-counter facilities.
Not only does a bank closure lead to increased distance and travel time to nearby branches, but many retail businesses say local spend follows banks to larger communities.