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Appeal after Clayton-le-Woods off-licence armed robbery

Clayton-le-Woods off-licence armed robbery

[P]OLICE have released CCTV images and are appealing for witnesses following a knifepoint robbery at an off-licence in Clayton-le-Woods.

At around 8.45pm last night (Thursday, November 2nd) two members of staff were working at the Bargain Booze shop on Preston Road when a man entered carrying a knife. He threatened the workers before taking cash from the till and cigarettes from the display.

As he left the premises it is believed he met with another man who had been waiting outside.

The main offender is described as being around 6ft tall and of heavy build. He was wearing a white Halloween mask with a dark-coloured jacket and blue denim jeans.  The second man, who remained outside during the robbery, is described as wearing dark clothing and appeared to have a metallic walking stick.

Police have released CCTV images and are now asking anybody with information about the incident to contact them as soon as possible.

Det Con Lynne Farnworth, of Chorley Investigations Team, said: “We are appealing for information following a serious knifepoint robbery in Clayton-le-Woods. Fortunately neither of the staff members were hurt but they have been left extremely shaken by this incident.

“I would now urge anyone with any information at all to come forward. We suspect the offenders may have been in the area for some time beforehand, or may have been seen leaving the location on foot.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log reference 1488 of November 2nd.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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