DETECTIVES are hunting the getaway vehicle used by machete-wielding robbers who carried out a terrifying cash machine raid.
The masked raiders – who were armed with the blade and a crowbar – fled with money after targeting two G4S guards as they delivered cash to Lytham’s Santander bank.
A silver Skoda Octavia car, believed to have been stolen in Manchester, was found abandoned nearby, and officers are now hunting the get-away car the thugs used to flee town.
The raid happened at the Clifton Street bank at around 7pm on Tuesday, and in the aftermath residents and business owners have said they fear crime could rise in the town.
Charles Stewart Menswear, on Clifton Street, had thousands of pounds of stock stolen in 2011 after thieves broke in through a neighbouring shop’s wall, and owner Stuart Hurst said: “My concerns are that in the last couple of years, since they closed Lytham police station to the public, there is little police presence in the town.
“Our town needs to be better protected.”
A series of high-profile robberies forced upmarket jewellers Leonard Dews to close its doors in January 2012, and Woodcock and Co jewellers was also hit by armed raiders in 2011.
Resident Danny Nicholson, 36, of Browning Avenue, saw the police drama outside the bank and said: “It’s not what you expect in Lytham and I put it directly down to shutting the police station.
“The police presence in Lytham is abominable.”
Det Sgt Nick Connaughton, from Blackpool CID, said: “I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this robbery or saw any persons or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area to contact police.”