Smash but no grab for robbers

ARMED ROBBERS escaped emptyhanded from a brazen raid on a Dewsbury town centre bank.
Masked men repeatedly rammed a 4x4 into the front of the Santander branch on Northgate in front of stunned onlookers.
The robbers struck in  daylight at 6.48pm on Tuesday, just as security guards were arriving to refill the cash machine.
Passersby and drinkers at the Timepiece and Principle pubs opposite saw the Mitsubishi Shogun ram into the front of the bank three times.
On the third attempt the vehicle smashed through the glass front and became wedged in the building.
A slim built man in dark clothing and wearing a balaclava was then seen leaving the bank.
He got into a waiting red Seat Leon that contained three other men, who were also wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.
The Leon then drove off along Northgate and was later found abandoned on Camroyd Street near Caulms Wood.
The car was stolen from the Leeds area on June 21.
The Shogun is also known to have been stolen from the Earlsheaton area earlier on Tuesday morning.
Two G4S security guards were inside the bank at the time.
They were taken to hospital suffering from shock but were not hurt.
The branch was open again by midmorning on Wednesday with a boarded up front. Workmen were inside doing repairs by lunchtime.
Adam Dawoodji, 18, said one of the robbers gestured at him to keep quiet and added:  “He pointed a gun at me and put his finger to his lips.”
Police arrived soon after and cordoned off the street while the West Yorkshire Police helicopter patrolled overhead.
Bar worker Richard Kelly was serving customers in the Timepiece and thought it was an accident at first.
“I heard tyres screeching and three loud bangs,” he said.
“I looked up and saw a 4x4 had gone through the front of the bank.
“I thought it was an accident, but when I saw a masked man get out, that didn’t seem right.
“Customers went to windows to see what was going on. Then it started going around that one of the men had a shotgun.”
Deputy pub manager Kirsty Asquith raced to lock the Timepiece’s doors as soon she heard about the armed robbers.
Police are now appealing for any witnesses to contact them as there were numerous people in the area at the time.
Witnesses should contact DC Adrian Lever of Dewsbury CID on 01924 431012 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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