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Armed man dies in robbery attempt

AN armed man has died during an attempted robbery of a branch of Ladbrokes on Friday night, police confirmed.

The man entered the branch on Crownhill Road, Plymouth, shortly before 7pm brandishing a gun and wearing a gas mask.

Customers managed to disarm him while the alarm was raised, Devon and Cornwall Police said. The man was already unconscious when arrested, and was declared dead shortly afterwards.

A police spokesman said: "It quickly became clear the man was unresponsive and an ambulance was immediately requested by police who carried out CPR until they arrived," a police spokesman said.

"A few minutes later three paramedics arrived at the scene and continued to carry out further CPR. Around 20 minutes later the man was declared dead at the scene by the paramedics."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed of the death.

Chief Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith said: "This is a very serious incident. We cannot speculate on what has actually taken place here today.

"A full investigation has now begun and while the IPCC carry out their investigation it is not appropriate to comment further."

Ladbrokes declined to comment on the incident.

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