|Detectives are investigating following reports of a robbery at a jewellers in Southport today, Wednesday 31 May.
Merseyside Police was contacted at 9.35am following reports that two men had entered Prestige Diamonds on Lord Street.
One of the men is described as white, aged between 40 and 50 years of age and of slim build. He was carrying a dark grey rucksack. Both men were wearing light coloured clothing.
It is believed that staff were concerned about the behaviour of the two men and activated a fogging device.* An unknown substance was then sprayed in the shop.
The men then left the shop through an alleyway in the direction of Stanley Street. It is not believed at this stage that anything was stolen.
A member of staff has been taken to hospital as a precaution after the substance was sprayed. They are not believed to be badly injured.
An investigation is underway to establish what the substance was and CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing in the local area.
Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “I would appeal for anyone who was in the vicinity of Lord Street who may have seen anything suspicious to contact us.
“It would have been busy in the area at the time and members of the public may have seen the two men either close to the shop prior to the robbery or leaving the area afterwards.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3847 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.