A RECONSTRUCTION of the moments two masked thieves crashed through the roof of a Rishton bank and forced its staff to hand over mounds of cash appeared on BBC 1’s Crimewatch programme this week.
The robbery at the HSBC in High Street, Rishton, on 27 February this year, saw two men dressed in black and wearing balaclavas break through the roof of the building during a busy lunchtime, leaving staff and customers petrified.
Despite a £50,000 reward being offered, police still need more information and they hope the programme will give them more leads.
Police said the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) had put up the reward money due to a number of similar raids across the North West.
It is double the amount the BBA, the leading association for the UK banking and financial services sector, typically puts up.
Monday evening’s appeal was led by Detective Inspector Steve Dowson and included a reconstruction of the events leading up to and during the robbery, interviews with witnesses as well as CCTV of the crime taking place.
It also included information about the burnt-out Mercedes A-Class vehicle found near Rishton Cricket Club on Blackburn Road shortly after the theft.
A team of Accrington detectives also travelled down to the Crimewatch studios to answer calls on the night.
Detective Inspector Dowson said: "We had approximately 30 calls on the night and we received some very interesting leads we are now following up. Both police officers from other Divisions and members of the public got in contact with the show despite it being moved to BBC 2 because of Andy Murray’s big match. The outcome really has surpassed my expectations.
"However, I am still appealing for the driver of a vehicle who had to break suddenly and sound their horn after the thieves pulled out of the alleyway behind Station Road in a van, as they may hold important clues about what they did next."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Accrington CID on 353743 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.