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Witness Appeal - COTTAM

Alert message sent 23/01/2022 16:49:00

Information sent on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary

Good evening

Have you seen any suspicious behaviour in Cottam in recent days? Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery today (Sunday, January 23rd)

Police were called around 6.15am to a report of a robbery at the new Co-op on Merrytrees Lane.

At around this time, two men, wearing balaclavas and dark clothing entered the store. One man was carrying a hammer, with the other carrying a machete.

The pair made threats to staff, demanding one lay down on the floor whilst forcing the other to provide access to a safe. A quantity of cash and thousands of pound worth of cigarettes were stolen.

No staff were hurt during the incident.

Detectives are appealing for information and urging any witnesses, or anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour, to come forward.

Det Insp Lee Richardson, of Preston CID, said, "This incident was very scary for the staff involved and they and they have been left badly shaken, but thankfully unhurt, following their ordeal"

"We believe this robbery was well planned and prepared. The offenders arrived prior to the store opening and were keen to access the safe and cash boxes"

"We believe those involved will have been in and around the area in recent days and weeks to establish routines around the store opening times"

"Did you see a car in the area with two men inside which seemed out of place? Given the time of day, it is possible early workers or dog walkers might have some information"

"If you think you can help us please come forward"

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or email quoting log number 0401 of January 23rd.

Alternatively independant charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

Thanks for your continued help and support.

Take care
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Jenny Coupe (Police, PC, SOUTH - Preston)

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