Lancashire

Crimewatch appeal over Lytham cash-in-transit robbery

Recovered Skoda
Image caption The men escaped the scene of the robbery in a stolen silver Skoda Octavia

A renewed appeal is being made over a cash-in-transit robbery which saw two men armed with a machete and a crowbar threaten security guards in Lancashire.

The robbery took place when two G4S guards were carrying a cashbox to the Santander Bank on Clifton Street, Lytham, at about 19:00 GMT on 6 March.

Police believe up to four men from the Manchester area were involved.

The appeal and a picture of the car used in the robbery will be shown on BBC Crimewatch later.

The car, a silver Skoda Octavia which had been fitted with false number plates, was recovered near where the robbery happened.

It had been stolen from the Chorlton-cum-Hardy area of Manchester.

During the robbery, the two guards carrying the cashbox were approached by two men in dark clothing and balaclavas, wielding a 12" machete and a crowbar, who forced them to open it.

Sgt Nick Connaughton said he wanted any information about the men, who were believed to have arrived in the South Fylde area up to 24 hours before the robbery took place.

"We're still keen to hear from anyone that was in Lytham town centre on the night of the robbery that saw anything suspicious to come forward," he said.

"I'd also renew my appeal for hoteliers in the local area that recall having up to four men from the Manchester area staying overnight on Monday 4 March to contact us."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Crimewatch will be broadcast on BBC ONE at 21:00 GMT and will also be available to view on the iPlayer for the next seven days.

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