Masked gang in raid at pub

The Highcross pub in Poulton.
The Highcross pub in Poulton.
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A GANG of masked men broke into a family pub and threatened a member of staff with a crowbar.

The four robbers, who were also brandishing bats, made off empty handed after the worker managed to raise the alarm at the Highcross in Poulton on Sunday.

A witness has described the terrifying moment the threatened woman ran through the bar area crying.

Rachel Hermolle, 25, who was visiting the area, said: “They had just rung last orders when the girl came running around the back, through the bar and into the main area.

“She was absolutely hysterical and crying while she was on the phone to the police.

“Around 10 minutes later the police arrived and we were all asked to leave.”

The men, all wearing balaclavas, burst into the Harvester pub on Longhouse Lane through the back door at 10.50pm and demanded that the worker open up the safe.

The quick-thinking woman told them she needed to get the key from the bar, and used the time to call 999.

The gang fled the scene, possibly in a white car.

One of the men was in his 20s, around 6ft tall and had an athletic build.

He was wearing dark clothing and had distinctive dark eyes.

Another was of a similar age and height, but was of bigger build and wore a navy-coloured sports top.

Another man was wearing a hooded top, and the fourth was dressed in dark clothing.

Det Insp Gareth Willis, from Wyre CID, appealed for anyone who saw anything to get in touch with police.

He said: “There appears to be an element of planning to this attempted robbery so I would ask people who live in the local area to think back and see if they can remember anyone acting suspicious in the area in the past few weeks.

“I want to speak to the owners of the white car. It may be a coincidence that the car was leaving the car park at the time of the robbery but if that was you then you need to come forward.”

Anyone with information should call Fleetwood Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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