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Security van targeted by armed raiders with chainsaw
6:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Robbers thought to be armed with sledgehammers and a chainsaw targeted a security van and a cashpoint in a terrifying raid outside a Bradford convenience store.
Raiders struck as staff from a G4S security van were delivering money to a cashpoint on the exterior of the Best One shop on Thornton Road, Thornton, at about 1.50pm yesterday.
A woman from a nearby business, who did not want to be named, described the incident as “horrible”.
She said three men wearing balaclavas, wielding sledgehammers and the chainsaw, pulled up in a white car. She added that one of them stayed in the vehicle while the other two went for the cash.
“It was horrible,” she said. “I saw the woman shopkeeper from the store running up screaming.
“The driver was in the car, then two lads got in the car with hammers and the chainsaw. They jumped in and the car screeched off up Thornton Road.”
The owner of the Best One store, who did not want to be named, said his wife was in the store at the time.
“She is fine,” he said. “She is just a bit shaken up.”
Police taped off the scene, which was at the junction of Leaventhorpe Lane near Fairweather Green fire station, while they conducted inquiries.
The G4S security van involved in the incident was parked outside the Best One store. The van had a large dent in the side.
Staff from G4S who were at the scene would not comment.
A woman who lives nearby thought an alarm was going off at a chip shop just along from the Best One store.
“We heard an alarm, but just presumed it was the fish and chip shop because their alarm goes off a lot,” she said. “Then we saw all the police turn up.”
At about 3pm, fire crews from nearby Fairweather Green station were called to a burning car on Leaventhorpe Lane. The new Seat vehicle was destroyed by the blaze. A fire service spokesman said he wasn’t sure if the fire was linked to the robbery, but added that the blaze was started deliberately.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Enquiries are at an early stage to determine what took place, but it is believed a cash machine was attacked by a group of men while it was being attended to by security guards.
“A vehicle was seen to make off from the scene and abandoned nearby off Leaventhorpe Lane “No-one was hurt in the incident and it is currently not believed anything was taken.”