Robbery pair set for jail sentence

Raid scene: The Lloyds TSB in Hough Lane, Leyland
Raid scene: The Lloyds TSB in Hough Lane, Leyland

Two robbers have admitted their roles in a daylight bank raid in which a security guard was threatened.

Members of the public were in the Lloyds TSB bank in Hough Lane, Leyland, when Darren Hope, 33, and Justin Hulme, 28, burst in and demanded cash.

Both men have pleaded guilty to robbery following the raid at around 9.45am on Wednesday May 23.

But although there were reports of a gun being brandished in the terrifying raid, both Hulme and Hope deny possession of a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon - pleas which were accepted by the court. Shoppers and business owners watched on as two masked men jumped out of a grey Ford Mondeo, which pulled up outside the bank in the town’s busy high street. Onlookers said the men, who were dressed in dark clothing, barged past an elderly woman to get into the building where they were seen to threaten a G4S security guard taking cash to the bank. The men then entered the bank and demanded money.

They then jumped back into the stolen car and sped off towards Wigan - with a large quantity of cash.

The car was later recovered, in Rushwood Park, Standish.

Hulme, of Norberry Street, Leigh, and Hope, of Maple Crescent, Leigh, were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

They have now been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on December 18 to be sentenced.