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Three vehicles set on fire
Detectives investigating an attempted bank robbery in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday have released details of a fourth vehicle they believe was involved.
A masked gang drove a green flat-back LDV van into the NatWest building on Longton Road in Trentham.
When they failed to get into the building, they set it on fire.
They then got into a silver Vauxhall Vectra parked nearby, but abandoned that on Barlaston Old Road after colliding with a Royal Mail van.
They also set this vehicle alight.
The gang then stole a blue Peugeot 206 from an elderly woman who was sitting in stationary traffic.
It was found abandoned in woods on Chivelstone Grove a short time later.
Police now believed the offenders ran through the woods before transferring to a second Peugeot, a blue Partner car derived van, which was later found abandoned in Stab Lane, Sywnnerton.
It had also been set on fire.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Giles said: "We have now established that the offenders have used at least four vehicles during the incident, all of which are undergoing detailed forensic examinations.
"We are continuing to obtain statements from all the witnesses who have come forward so far and would urge anyone else who saw anything to contact us immediately.
"Detectives are also trawling through hours of CCTV footage which has been seized from NatWest and the surrounding areas. We are also examining extensive Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data.
"It is believed that the fourth vehicle, a blue Peugeot Partner van with false number plates, was stolen from the Greater Manchester area last week. We want to speak to anyone who saw this vehicle at any point yesterday, or who saw any people or vehicles acting suspiciously near Chivelstone Grove or the Sywnnerton area.
"Detectives are continuing to work very closely with other forces following the incident.”