DETECTIVES are linking three terrifying armed robberies that happened less than two miles apart.
Senior officers believe the same raiders were responsible for the spate of raids on pubs and clubs in Calderdale.
The ambush of a publican’s wife in the car park of the Armytage Arms, Clifton, on Monday is being linked with raids at Thornhill Briggs Working Men’s Club, Old Lane, Brighouse, this month and one at the Black Horse Inn, Clifton, in May.
Det Insp Tony Nicholson said: “We are linking these three robberies. The circumstances are quite similar and they have happened in such close proximity.”
Police have found the car used in the latest attack and forensic tests are carried out.
It had been dumped not far from the Armytage Arms on Clifton Common.
A substantial amount of cash were stolen when a masked, axe-wielding gunman smashed the window of the woman’s car as she prepared to drive to the bank with the pub’s takings.
Two weeks earlier the 79-year-old secretary of the Thornhill Briggs club was thrown to the floor by masked robbers who burst in at 9.30am and stole cash.
On May 18 the landlord of the Black Horse was grabbed and bundled inside by two men.
Another three robbers threatened the landlord and his wife. He was punched and £400 was stolen.
Anyone with any information should phone Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.