VIDEO: Raid police appeal to hoteliers

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HOTELIERS may hold the clue to a terrifying armed robbery at a Lytham bank.

Two masked men wielding a machete and crowbar targeted two guards as they were delivering cash to Santander in Clifton Street, Lytham on Tuesday March 5.

CCTV image showing the armed robbery at Santander, Clifton Street, Lytham, on Tuesday, March 5.

CCTV image showing the armed robbery at Santander, Clifton Street, Lytham, on Tuesday, March 5.

They escaped with £19,000 in cash from a prized-open cashbox. The G4s guards were uninjured.

Police today revealed the two raiders, believed to be from Manchester, may have been in the area for up to 24 hours before the robbery and say they may have stayed in a hotel the night before.

Sgt Nick Connaughton, from Blackpool CID, said: “I would appeal directly to any hoteliers in the local area that recall having up to four men from the Manchester area staying overnight last Monday March 4 to come forward.

“We believe the men may have arrived in the Fylde after 7pm and would have been driving a silver Skoda Octavia registration AJ09 VXN.

“The car continues to be forensically examined.”

Anyone with any information should call 101.

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