Monday, 30 September 2013

Appeal after foiled cash in transit robbery in Lancaster

Police are appealing for witnesses after a foiled robbery on a cash delivery van in Lancaster city centre on Friday 27th September 2013, which saw a police officer injured.

At 10.30am security guards alerted police of two vehicles following their Mercedes delivery van in the city centre. Both of the cars were quickly intercepted but made off at speed through the city.

One vehicle, a stolen silver Audi TT registration number MT12 EWH, mounted the pavement on George Street striking a police officer who was attempting to stop it. Fortunately he was only suffering minor bruising.

The second car, a stolen white Audi A6 estate, registration DU61TXY drove off down Aldcliffe Road and was last seen on St Michaels Lane in St Michaels village around an hour later.

The police are appealing for witnesses that may have seen both Audis and also a man who abandoned the Audi TT on Knowsley Close in Lancaster.

The man is described as white with a weathered face or dark complexion, aged between 30 – 40 years old, unshaven; with short dark hair wearing a black front zipped top over a blue t-shirt.

This man was last seen running across fields towards the canal in the vicinity of the rear of the Royal Lancaster Hospital grounds.

DI Phil Jones said: “I have no doubt that the Greet Team security guard’s diligence and the swift response by the police officers foiled what would have been an attempt to rob the guards of a substantial amount of money.

“Thankfully the officer has only sustained slight bruising as a result of the collision with the stolen car. I would appeal to the public who were in the city centre around 10.30am on Friday to contact Lancaster Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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