Bank job netted raiders £20,000

Target: The Royal Bank of Scotland and the money van ambushed by robbers in Swallownest.     Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

Target: The Royal Bank of Scotland and the money van ambushed by robbers in Swallownest. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

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ARMED raiders who held up a security van outside a South Yorkshire bank got away with £20,000, police have revealed.

Robbers struck outside the Royal Bank of Scotland on High Street, Swallownest, when a G4S van loaded with cash pulled up.

In what is believed to have been a pre-planned raid, a gang wearing boiler suits and carrying machetes ambushed the van and then fled with the cash.

The sum taken has only now been revealed by police, in a fresh bid to encourage witnesses to come forward.

The raiders used a white Transit van as their getaway vehicle, which was found abandoned on King Street, Swallownest, a short time after the robbery.

Detectives investigating the raid want to hear from anyone who may have seen the van the night before.

Det Sgt Nikki Shimwell said: “Following the robbery the offenders fled in a white Transit van which we recovered a short time later on King Street.

“We believe this vehicle was in Swallownest the night before the robbery, and we are appealing for anyone who saw it, or anyone acting suspiciously, to contact the police or Crimestoppers.

“It could be you noticed the van parked outside a property, in a local car park, or being driven to or from the bank.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen the offenders park and abandon the vehicle on King Street following the robbery.”

Eight suspects arrested over the incident in armed raids at their homes have all been bailed pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the bank job – at 11.45am on Tuesday, September 27 – should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote reference 373 of September 27.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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