Armed robbery at Leyland bank

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Masked thugs have smashed their way into a Leyland town centre bank using sledgehammers.

At around 8pm last night (Tuesday), G4S guards were replenishing the cash machine at Santander on Hough Lane when three masked offenders smashed their way into the building.

Once inside, they used a stihl saw to attack the ATM and stole two cash cassettes.

Police say the three men ran from the bank and got into a vehicle driven by a fourth offender.

That vehicle, a Volkswagen Bora, was later found burnt out a short distance away, just off to the rear of Cleveland Road off Golden Hill Lane.

It is thought that after abandoning the Volkswagen, they then got into either one more other vehicles to make their escape.

An investigation is underway and officers are making a number of enquiries including retrieving and assessing CCTV.

Detective Sergeant Ian Derbyshire said: “Fortunately, no one was seriously injured but understandably everyone involved has been left extremely shaken by what can only be described as a terrifying ordeal.

“An investigation is underway and I would appeal to anybody that may have witnessed either the robbery itself or the offenders leaving the scene to contact police immediately.

“In particular, I would be keen to speak to anyone who may have noticed any vehicles driving away at high speed from the Cleveland Road and Golden Hill Lane area.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously in the area not only yesterday but in the days leading up to the robbery to come forward and speak with police. Any piece of information, no matter how small could be crucial to the investigation so please come forward if you think you can help.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.