BANK bosses have put a £50,000 bounty on the heads of armed robbers who held up a Huddersfield branch.
HSBC is desperate to catch the masked men who stole tens of thousands of pounds from its Almondbury bank.
Det Sgt Neil King, of Huddersfield CID, is investigating the incident.
He said: “Thankfully no-one was injured during the incident.
“However, it was clearly a very traumatic experience for the staff at the bank and this simply will not be accepted here in Kirklees.
“Hopefully the reward set by HSBC will encourage someone to come forward with that vital piece of information which will help us progress to arrests.”
News of the reward came as police released further information about the raid last Tuesday.
Two men dressed in dark clothing walked into the Northgate bank at about 3.30pm.
Witnesses said one had a gun and the other was carrying a crowbar.
They were heard threatening staff and shouting, “Put the money in there.”
They then fled with bags full of cash.
Armed police sped to the scene but the robbers escaped.
A getaway car was found within minutes, burned out in Almondbury cemetery, near High Close.
The car has since been identified by police as a black Renault Clio.
But it is thought the robbers had another car waiting.
Det Sgt King added: “It is believed that the men entered a second car, a red BMW One Series, which was subsequently found burned out near to Honley Railway Station.”
He said the BMW had been stolen from Withington in Manchester on April 30.
“However, we still need to know more about the Renault,” he added.
“We are therefore calling on anyone who may have seen either vehicle or their occupants to contact us immediately.”
A HSBC spokesman said the reward was up to £50,000 for anyone who provided information relating to a serious crime against the company.
He added: “The award applies to any offence committed in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
“HSBC Bank plc is a participating member of the British Bankers Association Rewards Scheme.
“The precise sum and whether or not it should be paid is at the absolute discretion of the members of the scheme.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0845 6060606 or, anonymously, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.