TERRIFIED bank staff were threatened by an axeman – less than five months after they were robbed by a machete-wielding raider.
The Bradford and Bingley, on Commercial Street in Brighouse, was closed yesterday after the 11am robbery.
The company and police were remaining tight-lipped about what had happened or how much cash had been stolen.
But other traders said rumours were circulating that the robber had been armed with an axe.
Glyn Foster, who runs H Marsden Ltd jewellers on Bradford Road, said: “I heard whoever it is had gone in with an axe and threatened the staff.
“Police isolated the area off shortly afterwards.
“We have to be on our guard because we get all sorts that try it on in here.”
Gail Subham, who is chairman of the local Shopwatch scheme to try to keep businesses safe, is the manager of Turners of Brighouse boys’ formal wear shop, next to the bank.
She said she only heard about the robbery later in the day.
“Brighouse is actually a pretty safe place because the CCTV is probably the best in Calderdale and the police do a good job,” she said.
“It’s unfortunate that these incidents happen.
“Bradford and Bingley still don’t have the screens in front of the tills for staff – it’s an open-counter branch and it always has been.
“I think they like to have that informal approach with customers, but perhaps that is why they get targeted.
“I really feel for the staff. It’s afterwards that the shock hits you.
“For it to have happened twice must be very distressing.”
Other nearby traders said they had not seen the robber escaping.
The branch was targeted on April 14, when a masked man armed with a machete threatened staff and got away with about £1,000.
A sign posted on the windows of the branch yesterday said: “We regret that, due to an incident, this branch is temporarily closed.”
A spokeswoman for the company said: “We are fully assisting the police with their investigation.”
West Yorkshire Police said that they were still investigating.
A spokeswoman said: “We got a call at 10.57am. No-one was injured, a quantity of cash was stolen. The suspect was a lone man. Inquiries are ongoing.”
She would not say if the man was armed.
Anyone who witnessed the raid or has information should call Calderdale CID on 01422 337085 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.