Decscriptions released of Doncaster bank raiders

Lloyds TSB on Beckett Road. The scene of a possible armed robbery. Picture: Marie Caley D3511MC
Lloyds TSB on Beckett Road. The scene of a possible armed robbery. Picture: Marie Caley D3511MC

DESCRIPTIONS have been released of two men on the run after a botched armed robbery at a Doncaster bank yesterday.

The bank manager was stabbed in the leg after he was confronted by raiders carrying a gun and a knife when he opened up the Lloyds TSB branch on Beckett Road in Wheatley at about 8.30am.

A police spokeswoman said: “The men are both about 5ft 8ins and of medium build. One has a local accent, the other has a middle eastern accent. The man with the local accent was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a grey bomber jacket and trainers.

“The other man was wearing blue jeans, a grey bomber jacket and trainers.”

The manager, whose company car was stolen and then abandoned by the robbers, was released from hospital last night after being stabbed twice in the leg.

The bank was closed yesterday, and a notice in the window said that the branch h “due to an incident”.

A police spokeswoman said: “They tried to gain access to the safe but were unsuccessful and left the premise in a blue 07 plate Ford Focus.

“This was later found abandoned off Stafford Road. The staff member was stabbed in the leg twice and was taken to hospital where he is expected to be discharged later today.”

Nearby residents reported cries for help and an ambulance leaving the scene, and a police helicopter scouring the area.

Richard Sayers, 43, of Harrowden Road, said: “I was in the bank at about 8am and it was just business as usual.

“When I walked past about 9am, there were several police cars and an ambulance parked outside.”

Officers also taped off the passageway along the backs of houses on Wentworth Road, where the Ford Focus was abandoned.

Anyone with information or who may have seen the car, is asked to call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 159 of 02/04/2012.