New lead in hunt for armed hotel raiders

Two men tried to rob the Lyndene Hotel at knife-ponit before fleeing empty-handed. They are pictured (left and centre) after the incident, having ditched the clothing they wore during the raid (shown right).
Two men tried to rob the Lyndene Hotel at knife-ponit before fleeing empty-handed. They are pictured (left and centre) after the incident, having ditched the clothing they wore during the raid (shown right).
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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.

Two knife-wielding men tried to rob the Lyndene hotel before fleeing when one of them was tackled by members of staff.

Two knife-wielding men tried to rob the Lyndene hotel before fleeing when one of them was tackled by members of staff.

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.

Two men tried to rob the Lyndene Hotel at knife-ponit before fleeing empty-handed. Police believe this is the man in the light coloured hoody, shortly after discarding his clothing in a nearby alley.

Two men tried to rob the Lyndene Hotel at knife-ponit before fleeing empty-handed. Police believe this is the man in the light coloured hoody, shortly after discarding his clothing in a nearby alley.

“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.”

Two men tried to rob the Lyndene Hotel at knife-ponit before fleeing empty-handed. Police believe this is the man in the dark hoody, shortly after discarding his clothing in a nearby alley.

Two men tried to rob the Lyndene Hotel at knife-ponit before fleeing empty-handed. Police believe this is the man in the dark hoody, shortly after discarding his clothing in a nearby alley.

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.