See the moment armed robbers launch their raid on bank

These were the scenes as a gang of three masked and armed men targeted a bank, leaving four women injured.

The men hit the TSB on Blackhill’s Road in Horden at about 10.45am yesterday, when the thugs, armed with what are thought to be crowbars and a wooden stick, demanded cash.

A cordon was put around the bank as police inquiries got under way.

A cordon was put around the bank as police inquiries got under way.

Two women who work at the branch were injured during the incident and treated for minor injuries by ambulance crews at the scene.

Two women customers were also injured but did not require treatment.

The men escaped with a quantity of cash.

Inspector Steve Thubron, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said “Our investigation is very much ongoing and officers are working tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.

Police outside the Horden branch of the TSB following the robbery.

Police outside the Horden branch of the TSB following the robbery.

“Hours of CCTV footage are currently being analysed and interviews are being carried out by a dedicated team of detectives.

“I am hopeful the CCTV images we have released will generate new information from the public and I would urge people to contact police if they feel they can help.”

A silver Ford Modeo believed to have been used in the robbery was found on fire near Cotsford Park in the village a short time after the attack.

Residents say they saw three men wearing balaclavas run off and get into another vehicle moments after the Mondeo it was driven down a pathway and abandoned.

The car blaze left the back gardens of homes in Cotsford Park damaged.

The car blaze left the back gardens of homes in Cotsford Park damaged.

It then caught fire, with the fire causing several explosions as it took hold.

Firefighters were called in to put out the blaze.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Durham Constabulary urgently on 101 and quote incident 121 of 21/09 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The burned out silver Ford Mondeo believed to be linked to the robbery.

The burned out silver Ford Mondeo believed to be linked to the robbery.