Witness Appeal Robberies in Sefton

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Merseyside Police is appealing for information following two armed robberies in Sefton on Sunday night (September 8, 2013).

The first incident occurred in Bootle. At about 9.30pm four males armed with knives entered the Nisa store on Park Lane. The males approached the counter, threatened the staff and demanded cash. A short time later the offenders left the premises with an amount of cash.

No one was injured during the incident though staff were left very shaken following their ordeal.

The four offenders are described as white and were wearing mainly black clothing. However one of the offenders was wearing a blue hooded padded jacket with darker panels on the arms. Another was wearing a grey hooded jacket with a black body warmer over it. Two of the four are also believed to have been wearing ‘Nike’ tracksuit bottoms with the ‘Nike’ logo on the right calf area.

The second incident occurred in Litherland. At about 10pm three males armed with knives and a dog chain entered the SRE M News and Wine store on Sonning Avenue. The males approached the counter, threatened the staff and demanded cash. During the incident the offenders struck a member of staff in the head with the chain. Staff fought with the offenders who then left the store empty-handed.

The injured staff member required medical treatment. Although his injuries were not life-threatening he, and the other members of staff, were left very shaken following their ordeal.

The three offenders are described as white, again all wearing dark clothing with dark-coloured hooded padded jackets. Two of the males were wearing distinctive masks that appear to resemble a skull face.

During the incident one of the males lost his hood to reveal short ginger hair.

After both incidents police patrols attended and searched the surrounding area before making house-to-house enquiries. CCTV is being examined from both stores.

Given the time and distance between incidents officers believe they may be linked.

Detective Inspector Andy Black from Sefton CID, said: “These incidents were extremely serious ordeals for the staff members to go through. We recognise the serious impact robberies can have, especially for small businesses. I’d like to reassure local businesses, Sefton’s dedicated burglary and robbery team is working hard to trace those responsible for these offences to bring them to justice.

“Enquiries continue into the incidents – which include forensic examinations, CCTV trawls and other investigative work.

“I urge anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour near to these stores at around these times or anyone with information that may assist our investigation to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3823 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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