ROBBERS armed with a gun and sledgehammer stormed a bank full of customers and escaped with thousands of pounds in cash before abandoning their getaway car in Standish.
Shoppers and business owners watched the robbery unfold at Lloyds TSB on Hough Lane Leyland, at 9.45am today (Wednesday).
Onlookers said two masked men barged past an elderly woman to get into the bank before bursting out of the building into a black getaway car driven by a third man.
Police have cordoned off the scene.
Police say the men were armed with a gun and sledgehammer and threatened a G4S security guard making a delivery to the bank. They then went inside the bank and demanded money.
They then ran from the bank and got into a waiting grey car and left the scene with a large quantity of cash, in the direction of Standish.
It was then abandoned on Rushwood Park, off Preston Road.
Det Insp Geoff Hurst said, “Fortunately, it would seem that no one has been injured but people involved have been left extremely shocked by what must have been a terrifying experience.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the robbery to come forward and contact police. I am also keen to speak to people who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously prior to the incident in the area around Leyland.
“In addition, I would make a further appeal to anyone in the Standish area who may have seen a vehicle being abandoned or who may have seen two men who were sighted walking away from the vehicle.
“The first man had a receding hairline and was wearing a light blue t-shirt with a motif and knee length shorts and was carrying a holdall.
“The second man was described as wearing a khaki t-shirt with distinctive camouflage shorts, a camouflage baseball cap and carrying a white plastic bag in both hands.
“We would like to identify these men so that we are able to eliminate them from our enquiries and I would urge anyone who has any information at all that they think could help to contact us as soon as possible.”
Call 101 with any information.