Camera clue in bank gun raid terror

Police are hunting a man caught on CCTV trying to rob the Royal Bank of Scotland, on Westcliffe Drive, Layton, with a gun.

Police are hunting a man caught on CCTV trying to rob the Royal Bank of Scotland, on Westcliffe Drive, Layton, with a gun.

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This is the man police believe stormed into a Blackpool bank and threatened terrified staff with a handgun.

Officers have today released CCTV images as a probe continues into the attempted raid at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Westcliffe Drive, Layton – as they praised the bravery of the threatened staff.

CCTV images of a man who attempted to rob RBS bank in Layton, demanding cash and appearing to have a gun - December 18, 2014

CCTV images of a man who attempted to rob RBS bank in Layton, demanding cash and appearing to have a gun - December 18, 2014

The incident happened at around 1pm on Thursday as the lone man threatened staff with what detectives believe is a firearm.

He escaped on foot, empty handed.

Det Insp Lee Wilson, of Blackpool CID, said: “Both female members of staff were badly shaken by the experience but have been very brave and reacted very well.”

Police are continuing to examine CCTV footage from the scene of the crime and reissued an appeal for members of the public to come forward.

The offender, who has yet to be identified by police, remains at large and members of the public have been warned not to approach him.

Det Insp Wilson added: “The firearm was not discharged.

“There was a verbal demand made and he then makes off.

“We have a number of interesting lines of inquiry at this stage.

“I would reiterate our appeal for members of the public who were in the area at the time and may have crucial information to come forward.

“Our investigation is very much ongoing at this time.”

It is believed the raider was on Grenfell Avenue just prior to the robbery before crossing Westcliffe Drive and entering the bank.

He was seen running off down Annesley Avenue.

He is described as white, around 5ft 5 tall, slim build and thought to be around 30-years-old.

He was wearing denim jeans and a dark coloured three-quarter length jacket similar to a duffle coat with a hood.

His face was covered with a scarf and he was wearing dark coloured shoes, possibly boots.

He is believed to have had brown/ginger hair and was wearing frameless rectangular glasses.

He spoke with a local accent and was carrying a JD Sports drawstring bag.

Det Insp Gareth Willis, of Blackpool Police, added: “I would urge members of the public to consider the description of this man and anyone with information about his identity should contact us as soon as possible.

“We believe he is likely to live or have connections to the local area and members of the community may hold vital information that could assist with our inquiries.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police by calling 101 quoting log 0516 of December 18th.

Anyone with information can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.