APPEAL FOR INFORMATION – ROBBERIES
Merseyside Police are investigating three incidents that occurred shortly before 7am on Sunday, 14 October in the Aintree and Fazakerley areas.
At about 6.50am two males were cycling along Melling Road in Aintree when they were approached by two males armed with, what is believed to be, a handgun. The males threatened the cyclists before taking cash, a mobile phone and their bicycles from them and riding away in. Although uninjured the victims have been left very shaken following the incident.
The first offender is described as being white, of a slim build wearing dark coloured clothing.
The second offender is described as being white, of a heavy build wearing a light coloured hooded top
A short time later a motorist on Wango Lane reported seeing a male carrying, what is believed to be, a handgun. The male is described as being white, of a slim build wearing dark coloured clothing.
At 7am a woman was de-icing her car, a black Peugeot 207, on Elizabeth Road when she was approached by a male on a bicycle armed with a knife. The male threatened the woman before taking her vehicle and leaving his bike behind.
Although uninjured the woman has been left very shaken following the incident.
The offender is described as being white, of a heavy build with a pale complexion. He was wearing dark coloured clothing.
Following the initial report of the robbery on Melling Road armed officers were deployed to the area and a search was undertaken. During the search a bicycle was recovered.
Detectives are investigating all three incidents and are keeping an open mind as to whether all three are linked.
House-to-house enquiries have been undertaken and CCTV is being sought and high visibility patrols have been stepped up in these areas.
Detective Inspector John Williams from Marsh Lane CID, said: “Merseyside Police takes incidents of this nature extremely seriously and we appeal to anyone with any information to come forward so we can take robust action against those responsible.
“While these incidents were obviously very distressing for the victims, offences of this nature are rare and we are appealing to members of the public to contact us if they have any information that could help the investigation.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents or anyone who saw males in these areas that match these descriptions at around 7am on Sunday.
“Information that seems trivial may turn out to be crucial for us in catching these offenders.”
An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing.
Please provide any information to Marsh Lane CID office on 0151 777 3844 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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