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Cheadle robbers storm bank armed with sledgehammer and chainsaw

Published 29/07/2016

Handout still taken from video issued by Mel McDonough of a burnt out car outside Lloyds Bank in the High Street in Cheadle, Greater Manchester after armed robbers wielding a sledgehammer and chainsaw stormed the bank. PA
Handout still taken from video issued by Mel McDonough of a burnt out car outside Lloyds Bank in the High Street in Cheadle, Greater Manchester after armed robbers wielding a sledgehammer and chainsaw stormed the bank. PA

Armed robbers wielding a sledgehammer and chainsaw have stormed a Lloyds bank in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.

Up to six men rammed the front of the bank with a Ford Fiesta before two armed men wearing balaclavas tried to cut through a door and a third man torched the car outside.

The men then fled the scene empty-handed in a black Range Rover which was found burnt out nearby.

Three members of staff were inside the bank at the time but nobody was injured.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP)said the incident happened shortly before 9.15 am on Friday and are appealing for information.

Inspector David Fulton, of GMP's Stockport borough, said: "This was a brazen robbery conducted in broad daylight on one of the main streets running through Cheadle.

"It has left staff members completely terrified when they were just starting work for the day and it is fortunate that nobody was harmed.

"It took place during rush-hour on a busy road with lots of people going to work or out shopping so someone must have seen this going on."

Road closures remain in place in High Street between Wilmslow Road and Manchester Road while fire crews extinguish the vehicle and police carry out inquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 506 of 29/07/16, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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