A ROBBERY plan by masked raiders was thwarted by a quick-thinking lorry driver.
Four men were spotted lying in wait for the lorry, which was laden with high value cigarettes, in a car park behind Tesco on Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, on Thursday last week.
The driver of the truck saw the raiders as he pulled up outside the shop’s warehouse at 10am.
He managed to get into the building and locked the door behind him before calling the police.
The men tried to break into the lorry before realising their plan had failed and ran off.
Matthew McLellan, duty manager for Tesco, said: “Some masked men tried to have away with the tobacco lorry. They were sat waiting in the car park. When the wagon has come in, the driver has been pretty vigilant and seen them.
“The lad on the back door also saw them, they locked themselves in the building and called the police. Nobody was hurt.”
Meanwhile, police have released images of two men they are looking for in connection with an armed robbery in Thornton.
Two staff members – a man and a woman – were held up by two thugs armed with a hammer in the One
Stop on Rossendale Avenue North around 10.30pm on Sunday.
They threatened staff before stuffing cigarettes into a duvet cover.
Detectives are asking anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV picture above to come forward.
Det Insp Alex Myers, of Fleetwood CID, said: “I’m keen on speaking to any witnesses or anyone who has been offered cheap cigarettes.
“We’re aware of other offences in the area, I can’t say they are completely linked but we’re keeping an open mind.”
Local raids included a terrifying axe and hammer raid at the Fleetwood Road Co-op store in Fleetwood, a masked raid at the Thornton Co-op on Fleetwood Road and a similar incident at the B&M Bargain store on Highfield Road, South Shore, Blackpool.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents should call police on 08451 25 35 45 or call the confidential Crimestoppers number on 0800 555111.