A security guard was doused in liquid by armed robbers and threatened with a lighter during a terrifying armed raid at a Leeds Asda store .
The group of five or six men approached security guards delivering cash to the supermarket, on York Road, just after 7am and forced them to hand over the cash before fleeing in a van that was later found on fire in a nearby cemetery .
West Yorkshire Police have now confirmed that during the terrifying incident one of the security guards was doused in liquid by the robbers and threatened with a lighter.
A spokesman added: “The threat was not seen through and he was not injured.”
The robbers fled the scene in a white Mercedes Sprinter van which was later found abandoned and on fire in Killingbeck Cemetery.
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.
“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the robbery itself or saw anything suspicious or involving a white Mercedes Sprinter van in the time leading up to the incident. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have filmed the incident on their phones or who has any relevant dashcam footage.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the offenders dumping the van in Killingbeck Cemetery a short time later and making off from there.
“We are obviously aware of the armed robbery at a post office in Swinnow Lane yesterday morning but there is nothing at this stage to suggest any link to this robbery today.”
Source – Leeds Live