Robbers wielding axes steal cash in raid

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Two axe-wielding robbers stole a “significant” amount of cash after ramming a car during a violent raid in Bradford, police said.

Detectives say two men, aged 50 and 26, travelling in a red Ford Focus were taking cash to a local business and driving down Eldon Place away from Manningham Lane when the vehicle was rammed by robbers.

Yesterday officers said the level of violence used was “significant” and urged members of the public to come forward with any information about the incident which happened at 2.10pm on Friday.

Det Insp Stuart Lyons, from Bradford District CID, said: “The incident occurred around 2.10pm as a red Ford Focus vehicle was carrying cash to a local business and driving down Eldon Place away from Manningham Lane.

“At this point a silver Citroen Berlingo vehicle, which had been parked on Eldon Place, drove at speed towards the Ford Focus and collided with the car bringing both vehicles to a standstill.

“Two suspects, who were both wearing dark coloured balaclavas or face covers and carrying axes, threatened the two male occupants of the Focus making demands for the cash.”

Police said the suspects, both described as Asian men, stole a “significant” amount of cash before fleeing the scene in the Citroen Berlingo, found abandoned on Newport Place.

The victims were uninjured but shocked. Call police on 101.