New leads in robbery probe

Pictures Martin Bostock'Police at the scene of a robbery on a security van at Santander, Lord St, Fleetwood.
Pictures Martin Bostock'Police at the scene of a robbery on a security van at Santander, Lord St, Fleetwood.
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DETECTIVES investigating a terrifying armed robbery say they have two new leads after re-visiting the scene of the crime.

Officers from Wyre CID returned to the Santander bank on Lord Street, Fleetwood exactly a week after three men armed with a crowbar and sledgehammer robbed a G4S guard delivering cash.

The men then fled the scene in a dark Hyundai car parked in nearby London Street.

Det Sgt Kev Wright, of Wyre CID, took to the streets last night to speak to 50 workers and residents and says the new information has given them new information.

He said: “One person we spoke to saw the getaway vehicle and another witnessed the robbery in progress.

“It’s very difficult because it’s one week since the 
incident but we wanted to do this seven day anniversary visit to the area to see if we could discover any witnesses who hadn’t come forward because they might not have realised what they had seen.

“They might have remembered a car speeding away or a few men getting into a car, not knowing it was part of a robbery.

“We went out on the same night of the week it took place to hopefully speak to the same members of the public around at the time.”

The guard was making a routine delivery of money to re-supply the bank’s cash point when the masked gang approached him and forced him to hand over the money before fleeing.

Police are also looking for a fourth man – the driver of the Hyundai – as part of their inquiry.

Det Sgt Wright says the operation also served to reasssure the public everything is being done to catch the men responsible.

He added: “It must be terrifying and unbelievable for the people this happens to but I don’t think there’s been a lasting effect on people in the town.

“G4S were out delivering again this week because they still carry them out, so this not only provided us with an investigative tool but a chance to reassure the public.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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