Thieves smash through wall in raid

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RAIDERS smashed their way through a brick wall into a Fylde coast bank in a shocking early morning raid.

The thieves broke into CDS bag shop on Victoria Road West in Cleveleys and then knocked a hole through the wall into the adjacent Halifax bank.

Police say the offenders were trying to steal money from the cash machine but their plan was thwarted when the bank’s alarm system sounded.

A police spokesman added: “They entered the bag shop and have knocked down a wall and gained access to the bank.

“The bank alarm has gone off, they have made attempts to get into the cash machine but no property was stolen.”

The raiders fled empty-handed, escaping back through the adjoining shop.

The raid happened between 3am and 5am on Sunday.

A spokesman for Halifax said: “There was an incident at that branch. It’s now a police matter.”

Thieves used similar methods to gain access to the Santander bank on Victoria Road West in Cleveleys only six months ago.

Raiders tunnelled their way into the bank from the adjacent J L Bean by smashing a huge hole through a brick wall on November 19. The robbers covered alarm sensors with oven gloves and rags but fled empty-handed from the scene.

Police are now appealing for anyone with any information about the Halifax raid to come forward.

Sgt Alex Myers (pictured), from Wyre CID, said: “I’d appeal to anybody that saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the offence or in the days leading up to it to contact police.

“We are particularly keen to identify a black Mercedes vehicle parked on Victoria Road West seen with two men in the car around the time of the offence.”

Call police on 0845 1 25 35 45 with information or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.