UPDATE: Cash machine raiders on the run

Co-op, Lancaster Road, Knott End. Photo: Google
Co-op, Lancaster Road, Knott End. Photo: Google
  • Two men used a dark coloured Land Rover to “prise open” a cash machine
  • A manhunt is underway to find the offenders, who escaped empty handed
  • Police say there may have been other people involved in the raid at the Co-op store, in Knott End
  • The raid caused “extensive damage” to the store on Lancaster Road
  • Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101

Two men are on the run from police after trying to steal a cash machine in an early morning shop raid.

The would-be thieves caused “extensive damage” to a Fylde coast shop when they broke in, police said.

We believe this was a targeted attack by two men, however it is possible that there were more involved as the pair could have changed vehicles during their getaway from the scene and others may have assisted.

Det Sgt Mark Dickinson

Two men reportedly used a dark coloured Land Rover Discovery in a bid to pull the machine from the wall of the store.

Using chains, they tried to prise open the machine by driving the vehicle at force.

Detectives are now investigating the incident, which took place at the Co-op store on Lancaster Road, Knott End at around 2.10am today.

It has provoked anger in the village, with one person saying security needs to be “stepped up a gear” following the raid.

The offenders have fled the scene empty handed and a manhunt is underway to catch them.

Police are working to track down the Land Rover, although it is understood detectives have not ruled out the possibility the men may have later changed vehicles.

A police helicopter was called to the area to hunt for suspects shortly after the raid.

Det Sgt Mark Dickinson, of Blackpool CID, said: “We believe this was a targeted attack by two men, however it is possible that there were more involved as the pair could have changed vehicles during their getaway from the scene and others may have assisted.

“I am asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles lurking in the area at the time to contact the police.

“Similarly, if anyone knows anything about this incident that may help us with our investigation, please get in contact with us.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman added: “There has been extensive damage to the front of the shop.”

Police confirmed the offenders managed to gain access to the Co-op but nothing was taken from inside.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time is urged to contact police on 101, quoting log number 102 of July 13.