Two suspected robbers were arrested in St Helens following a police chase last night (Thursday, March 20).
Officers were on patrol near the Co-op store on Warrington Road, Prescot, shortly before 10pm when they saw a man outside a shop armed with what was believed to be a knife.
The man got into a black Audi estate and a police pursuit ensued. The Audi eventually came to a stop near Taylor Park.
An extensive search of the area was conducted - including the use of police dogs and the force helicopter - and two men were subsequently arrested.
One was found underneath a bin in the garden of a house and the other in a nearby garden.
The two men arrested, a 25-year-old man from Speke and a 31-year-old man from Everton, were taken to a police station to be questioned by detectives on suspicion of robbery.
Officers found a large quantity of cigarettes stashed in a bedsheet near the shop, along with a quantity of cash. The scene has now been forensically examined by crime scene investigators and CCTV from the shop and the surrounding area is being reviewed.
Chief Supt Mark Harrison, Knowsley’s area commander, said: “A large number of officers responded to this incident, including the neighbourhood patrol officers whose vigilance and prompt actions near the shop prompted a wider response - including air support and dog patrols around Taylor Park.
“I’d like to commend their excellent team work, which resulted in two men being arrested on suspicion of robbery.”
He added: “I understand the impact that incidents like this can have on the local community and I want to take this opportunity to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to crack down on business robberies and bring the people responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information about this incident can contact detectives on 0151 777 6568 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.