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Superhero cyclist foils bank robbers - by throwing bike at them.

Byline: By LYNDSAY YOUNG

MASKED raiders smashed their way into a bank using a keg of beer - only to be foiled by a cyclist and his bike.

The balaclava-clad gang, wearing high-visibility jackets, arrived at the HSBC Bank in Coronation Road, Crosby, carrying the keg and a ladder.

After hurling the beer through a window, the three men were trying to climb into the bank when they were spotted by a cyclist passing by.

Springing into action, them anthrew his bike at the raiders who ran off empty-handed and escaped in a maroon getaway car.

The attempt happened at around 4.30pm, just after closing time, last Friday while staff were still on the premises.

Hearing the window smash, the staff ran into the back office to call police who were quickly on the scene.

The men later made a failed attempt to burn out the car, which is now being examined by the forensics team.

They also left behind the ladder, which is also being looked at by investigators.

Many people were in the area at the time and police officers have taken a number of witness statements.

A Merseyside police spokesman said: "We found the car later. They had attempted to burn it out but it didn't work."

A HSBC spokeswoman said: "The staff follow procedures to get police there as soon as possible."

The bank was closed as normal over the weekend and opened as usual on Monday but a cash machine on the premises was left out of action.

Anyone with any information about the raid or has any clues to the identity of the gang is asked to contact the confidential Crime stoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Are you the hero cyclist? Call ECHO news desk on 0151-472 2488.

news@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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ON YER BIKE: The HSBC bank on Coronation Road, where raiders were prevented from breaking in by a cyclist who sprang into action
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Date:Dec 20, 2007
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