Hunt for gunman after attempted bank raid

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Detectives are hunting a gunman who threatened staff in an attempted robbery at a Blackpool bank.

Police were called to the Royal Bank of Scotland on Westcliffe Drive, Layton, at 1pm today to reports that a man had gone into the branch and threatened staff with what is believed to be a firearm.

He demanded cash but left empty hand.

Staff at the bank were left shaken but unhurt.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward but are warning members of the public not to approach the man.

Det Insp Lee Wilson, of Blackpool Police, said: “I would appeal for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously around the bank from about 12.30pm or who saw the incident itself to get in touch.”

The man, described as wearing dark clothing, approached the bank from the direction of Granville Avenue and left down Annesley Avenue towards Mansfield Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 999.