“Death knell sounds for High St bank: Britons left in lurch as bank closures hit 80 a month”

Meanwhile, word reaches Owl of a near-riot in Sidmouth, where recently the beleaguered Post Office had a queue outside into the street and only two counters open while one customers wanted foreign currency and the other counter had a business customer with several items to deal with.

“Nearly 3,000 branches have shut their doors since 2015, or will do so by the end of this year, depriving communities of essential services.

Added to that is the steep decline in ATMs, which has a devastating impact on the 2.7 million adults who rely almost entirely on cash for their day-to-day lives.

The closures come as the Big Four – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland – are expected to unveil a combined £13.6billion profit for the first half of 2018.

A study by consumer campaign group Which? showed 2,868 high street branches have closed in the past three years at a rate of almost 80 a month.”