Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery in Leeds this morning.
At 7:08am on Wednesday, police were called to a report of an armed robbery targeting a cash delivery at the Asda petrol station in Killingbeck Drive, Leeds.
Security guards who were delivering cash for an ATM were confronted by a group of five to six men, who were armed with weapons including an axe and what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun.
They were threatened with violence and forced to hand over cash.
The offenders left the scene in a white Mercedes Sprinter van which was found abandoned and on fire a short time later in Killingbeck Cemetery.
A scene has been put in place at the petrol station and in the cemetery and enquiries are ongoing to identify the suspects.
Detective Inspector Al Burns, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was a really frightening experience for the staff involved and although no-one was physically injured, they have been left very badly shaken by what happened.
“We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances and to identify those responsible.”
West Yorkshire Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or the dumping of the van to come forward and expressed a keen interest in speaking to anyone who may have filmed the incident or have relevant dashcam footage.
This incident is the second armed robbery in Leeds in as many days, with an armed robbery at the post office on Swinnow Lane occurring on Tuesday morning, although the police are not treating the two incidents as linked at this point in time.