Three men arrested following cash-in-transit robbery at Co-Op store in Heswall
THREE men have been arrested following a cash-in-transit robbery in Heswall this morning.
Security guards were delivering cash to the Co-Operative store in Pensby Road at about 8.15am when they were approached by four men armed with a sledge hammer and angle grinder.
The men threatened one of the security guards with the sledge hammer and then assaulted him and forced him to hand over a cash box.
They then turned their attention to the cash machine and stole a further quantity of cash.
It is believed the offenders escaped with tens of thousands of pounds.
They got away in a silver BMW, which was found a short while later on nearby Fishers Lane and were seen to get in to a black 4x4 BMW.
A traffic patrol car spotted the BMW on Arrowe Park Road and a pursuit ensued - the offender's vehicle was driven erratically and clipped a number of cars.
The offenders abandoned the car on Arrowe Park Road and officers pursued on foot - as a result three men have been arrested on suspicion of the robbery.
Police have recovered an angle grinder and cash boxes.
The three men are being taken to a police station on Merseyside where they will be interviewed by detectives. A fourth man is being hunted by police.
One of the security guards has been taken to hospital with minor injuries and both security guards have been distressed by the incident.
A couple of motorists who had been in cars on Arrowe Park Road, which were clipped by the offender's vehicle, have also been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Crime Scene Investigators are carrying out forensic examinations at the scene and house-to-house inquiries will be carried out.
Police are appealing to anyone who may be able to help them with their inquiries to contact 0151 777 5608, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Source: Wirral Globe