Photo: The Highfield on Southport Road – Credit Geograph

Police are appealing for information after a safe and watches were stolen during a late-night robbery at a pub in Croston.

The incident took place at The Highfield on Southport Road on February 5th 2016, as two staff members were cashing up at approximately 11.20pm.

It is believed two males drove to the pub and then gained access to the building through a fire escape.

One of the offenders approached the cash office and, while insinuating he had a weapon, told staff to open a safe.

However this could not be done thanks to a time delay, and he left the office.

Meanwhile a second offender entered another room and removed a safe and three watches, worth around £650 in total.

Both offenders were chased from the scene across a car park, where they fled in a waiting Rover 75 VRM – registration number V821 GDX – which was later recovered by police in Burscough.

DC Dawn Croucher, of Skelmersdale Police, said: “This was a scary ordeal for two people who were simply trying to cash up at the end of a day at work.

“The two offenders failed to gain access to the pub’s takings but have made off with valuables.

“They have clearly acted with no thought for anyone but themselves.

“We are now appealing to anybody with information about this incident to come forward.”

Both offenders wore dark clothing with face coverings.

The offender who entered the cash office is further described as a white male, around 5ft 11ins, of slim build, with dark, bushy eyebrows. He was wearing a waterproof-style jacket with red trim around the bottom and had a Liverpudlian accent.

Anyone with information is urged to get in contact with police on 101, quoting log number 1571 of February 5th 2016.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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