Detectives are hunting for robbers following a terrifying knife-point raid at a seafront Blackpool hotel.
Police have today released images of two men after the incident in which raiders burst into the reception area at the Lyndene Hotel, in South Shore, as it was full of guests waiting to check in.
The would-be robbers left empty handed after two brave members of staff tackled one of the men when he jumped over the reception counter.
The offenders fled the hotel before ditching their clothes in a nearby alleyway.
Police have now recovered the clothing and are releasing CCTV images of two men who they want to trace. They are thought to be local.
Det Sgt Kathryn Riley, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a potentially very serious incident.
“Obviously the guests and staff were left shaken by what happened.”
The incident, at noon on September 3, was one of a string of knife offences last month and police are urging anybody who recognises the men pictured to get in touch.
Det Sgt Riley added: “While we are not linking these offences, we are very keen to identify these individuals that have committed this attempted knife-point robbery.
“If people recognise or believe they recognise either man they can feel confident that if names suggested are not linked to the inquiry, we can rule them out very easily.”
She said the incident, which took place in a crowded room at a busy time of day, was over in under a minute.
She added: “The foyer was fully populated and people were sat outside as it was a nice day. The men have gone in and one has jumped over the counter – I believe he was targeting the staff wages.
“Staff at the hotel then bundled him over and both have fled.”
Hotel boss Steven Dunn said: “Obviously this is a serious offence.
“The reception was full of people at the time.
“There were about three or four members of staff on at the time and people checking in to the hotel.”
Last month, an off-licence on Torsway Avenue, Layton, and a convenience store on Waterloo Road were both targeted by knife-wielding thugs.
Anyone with information about the incident on September 3 is urged to call police on 101.