Gunman threatens member of staff before robbing busy pub


Armed robbery at Penwortham pub

We are reassuring the public and appealing for information as our investigation into an armed robbery at a Penwortham pub is well underway.

At around 9:55pm last night (1 May), a 22-year-old member of staff at The Fleece Public House on Liverpool Road was threatened with a small handgun by a man as she was carrying a till tray containing money.

He made demands for cash and managed to steal £500 before escaping out of a back door.

The man is described as white, of medium build and in his twenties.  He was wearing a grey scarf covering his face, a light grey hooded top and white Nike trainers with a blue tick.  He spoke with a local accent.

DI Jo Keay from Preston Police said: “We have a team of experienced detectives working on this investigation and I would like to reassure the residents of Penwortham that although incidents of this kind are rare, we have stepped up our presence in the area and we want people to enjoy the rest of their bank holiday weekend as normal.

“Enquiries are underway and we are determined to find the person responsible for this robbery.”

If you know anything that could assist us with our investigation, please call us on 101 quoting incident reference 1269 of May 1st.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

A 22-year-old man from Preston has been arrested on suspicion of robbery but has been bailed pending further enquiries until Wednesday 18 May.


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