THIS is the dramatic moment raiders armed with a machete and a crowbar stormed two guards delivering cash to a Fylde bank.
It has been revealed the masked men escaped with £19,000 after threatening the security guards with the weapons at Lytham’s Santander bank on Tuesday.
The shocking images from inside the Clifton Street bank have been released to The Gazette as police investigating the incident made a fresh appeal for witnesses.
It emerged today the get-away car, a silver Skoda Octavia, was found abandoned in East Cecil Street, which runs between Cecil Street and Agnew Street, and officers have carried out searches in the area.
Det Sgt Nick Connaughton, from Blackpool CID, said: “The offenders have shouted ‘give me the money’ to the guards, and they are both armed with a machete and a crowbar.
“They have not attacked them, but the guards have obviously been in fear.
“The car they were driving had been stolen in a burglary in Manchester and it was recovered from East Cecil Street, so they have driven that short distance and then we believe they have had a second vehicle nearby to leave the area in.
“The vehicle is being forensically examined but we have no sets of keys for it, and we would appeal for people to check their gardens for car keys, balaclavas or anything out of the ordinary.
“I think there is a good possibility they will have dropped something.”
The CCTV footage captures the moment the masked raiders burst into the bank, and shows one of the G4S security guards with their hands up while the other hands the cash box to the robbers.
Both raiders are both dressed in dark clothing with balaclavas pulled over their faces, and managed to enter the bank after following one of the guards inside.
The robbery happened just before 7pm, and police want anyone who saw anything suspicious in the surrounding area leading up to the incident to get in touch.
Information can be passed to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.