Masked robbers armed with machetes targeted two Lancashire businesses in overnight raids, say police.
Four men wearing balaclavas with Merseyside accents are reported to have stormed into the Spar Post Office on Liverpool Old Road in Walmer Bridge at around 10.30pm on Sunday, November 5.
Police say the men then demanded cash from staff and threatened them with machetes. The robbers are believed to have been disturbed after a member of staff pressed an alarm and they then made off from the scene.
Officers were then called to a second incident just before 11.45pm at a remote pub near Treales.
Four masked men, again with Merseyside accents, are reported to have entered the Hand and Dagger pub in Treales Road.
Police say the men threatened staff with machetes and punched and kicked a member of staff.
They also tied them up before stealing a significant amount of cash and making off.
The men are described as wearing dark clothing, gloves and balaclavas. Two of the offenders spoke with a scouse accent.
Detective Inspector Rik Irving, of Blackpool CID, said: “This incident must have been truly terrifying for the staff members involved and it is fortunate that no-one was seriously hurt as these offenders were armed and clearly prepared to use violence.
“I would appeal for anyone who has any information or has seen any suspicious activity or vehicles, including in the days leading up to yesterday, to contact us.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1819 and 1919 of November 5.