CCTV appeal following armed robbery at Skelmersdale off-licence

POLICE have issued CCTV images of four men they want to speak with following an armed robbery at an off-licence in Skelmersdale.

The robbery took place at the Bargain Booze store on Ormskirk Road at approximately 9.10pm on Friday 15th February when four men have entered the store and demanded money.

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Two of the men were armed with screwdrivers and a third man with a piece of wood. During the robbery two of the men have jumped over the counter and stolen cash from the till alongside a box of Fosters lager. One of the female shop assistants was struck on the head as she tried to fend off the robbers.

All of the men had their faces partially concealed with hoods but police are urging people to rake a close look at the CCTV images.

DC Graham Hunt from Skelmersdale CID said: “The shop was staffed with female shop assistants at the time of the attack and during the robbery one of the assistants was struck to the head.

“One of the images clearly shows what appears to be one of the offenders using the up-turned handle of a screwdriver to attack her whilst holding a £20 in the other hand.

“Thankfully she was not seriously hurt but the robbery continues to have a lasting effect on her to the extent that she is still too distressed to return to work.

“This is a very serious offence and an investigation is underway but we need the public’s help to catch those responsible. I’d appeal to anybody that thinks they recognise any of the men in the CCTV images or with any information that they think may assist with our investigation to contact us at Lancashire Police on 101.”

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People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

any information about suspicious activity in their area can contact police on 101 or alternatively, information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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