Lancashire

Blackpool armed bank robbery investigated

An armed robber has escaped with cash from a bank in Blackpool.

The man went into the Royal Bank of Scotland on Red Bank Road at about 14:00 BST and threatened a female member of staff with a gun.

He took an undisclosed amount of money and ran off down the promenade, down Hesketh Avenue by the Highlands Hotel.

There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery but nobody was hurt. Police are urging anyone with information to contact them.

The offender is described as white, aged in his early to mid 20s, at least 6ft (1.8m) tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a charcoal grey hooded jacket with dark tracksuit bottoms and was carrying a blue canvas shopping bag.

He also had a light-coloured bandana covering his face.

Det Insp Kevin Simmons, from Blackpool police, said: "An investigation is underway and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this robbery to come forward and contact police.

"I would be particularly interested to speak to anyone that witnessed the robbery itself or noticed anybody acting strangely around Red Bank Road either today, or in the days leading up to the incident."

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