Investigations are ongoing after armed robbers targeted a vehicle delivering cash to a Clitheroe bank.
The incident occurred at around 7-40 pm when a cash in transit van was robbed by two men wearing balaclavas whilst a delivery was being made at Santander bank on Castle Street. The offenders used a sledgehammer to force open one of the cassettes to access the money.
The two offenders fled from the scene in a white Audi A1 driven by a third person, which was later found abandoned on fire on Turner Street at 7-46 pm.
It is thought that the men fled from the area in a dark Volkswagen Golf which was last seen heading along the Edenfield Bypass in the direction of the M66.
Dave McGrath, watch manager at Clitheroe Fire Station, said: “At 7-46 pm we responded to a car fire between Brownlow Street and Turner Street on the backs.
“On arrival we came across one car with no owner present which was well alight. We extinguished the fire and liaised with the police.”
Officers are now trying to trace the Volkswagen Golf and are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the lead up to the robbery, or who might have any information about the vehicle, the offenders or the incident, to come forward.
People are urged to call the police on 101 quoting incident reference 1291 of November 24th. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
This morning staff were busy clearing up debris inside the bank and the bank door’s window, which appears to have been smashed, has been boarded up.
Staff also put a sign up in the window saying: “Due to an incident in the branch last night there will be a delay in opening today. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.”