Car clue in search for masked raiders

A car which police believe was used in a raid at Hambleton Service Station is captured on CCTV.

A car which police believe was used in a raid at Hambleton Service Station is captured on CCTV.

  • by Elizabeth Broughton

THIS is the car police are hunting after masked raiders smashed their way into a service station.

The four masked men kicked the door down at Hambleton Service Station before stealing a “significant” amount of tobacco from the store.

And now police – who believe the criminals may be responsible for other burglaries across the Fylde coast – have released this CCTV image of the getaway vehicle in the hope of tracking the thieves down.

Det Sgt Paul Stables, of Fleetwood CID, said: “Masked men wearing balaclavas and dark clothing went into the service station’s Spar shop via a side door and stole a significant quantity of tobacco.

“There were four offenders in masks and they were travelling in a small, silver vehicle.

“We believe these offenders are responsible for similar offences in the Blackpool and Wyre areas over the last couple of months.”

Police have tracked down witnesses to the burglary, which occurred between 11pm and 11.30pm on Saturday, but are keen to trace the occupants of a royal blue car parked in the car park of a neighbouring takeaway on Shard Lane at the time.

Det Sgt Stables added: “We’ve identified some witnesses but from our inquiries there is potentially another witness or witnesses in a royal blue vehicle.

“They were on the front car park as the offenders were gaining entry to the side of the premises.

“We would like them, or any other witnesses, to come forward.”

The service station was able to open as normal following the raid, but owner Justin Entwistle said losing a large number of cigarettes had caused an “inconvenience” for staff.

Mr Entwistle added: “They smashed the emergency exit door in.

“They have not done too much damage but it’s the cigarettes they’ve taken, they’ve taken quite a few.

“They took a good amount of the back-up stock we had and it’s an inconvenience because we’ve had to buy extra cigarettes.”

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