Police investigating an attempted bank robbery in Swindon have linked an arson attack on a vehicle with the incident, a spokesperson has confirmed today.
Two men were witnessed jumping from the roof of Lloyds Bank in Cricklade Road and getting into a grey Ford Kuga which was driven off onto Chapel Street.
The incident happened at around 8am on Tuesday 24 April, when a large hole was later discovered in the roof – attempts to gain entry into the bank had clearly been made.
The Ford was later found completely destroyed by fire behind Florence Street. The vehicle was being driven on false plates, and had been stolen from the Liverpool area.
At the time, a fire service spokesperson said: “The crew used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which, unfortunately, completely destroyed the car.”
Police say they are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any aspect of the incident.
PC James Rodrigues, of the North Swindon Community Policing Team, said: “It is clear from the damage caused to the roof space that an attempt had been made to break into the bank. We believe the men had been disturbed whilst attempting to break in, and then made off from the scene.
“I’m keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the men jumping from the roof, or saw the vehicle being driven from the scene and later abandoned.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police by calling information to 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Don't miss out on breaking local 999 news - follow us on Facebook now: