Police hunt knifepoint robbery suspects

CCTV still of Water Street knifepoint robbery suspects
CCTV still of Water Street knifepoint robbery suspects

DETECTIVES want to speak to these two youths in connection with a knifepoint robbery in St Helens town centre.

A 16-year-old boy from Rainford was walking along Water Street with his girlfriend - on their way to a local restaurant - when they passed two youths who were sat on the steps of a building.

As they walked past, one of the youths asked him for the time and, when the boy took his iPhone 5 out of his pocket to check, the offender stood up and pulled a pocket knife out and pointed it at him.

The offender demanded the boy hand over the phone and, when he did, the offender and his accomplice ran off in the direction of Waterloo Street.

The victim then called the police from his girlfriend’s phone but, despite a police search of the area, the offenders could not be found.

The incident happened shortly after 4pm on Saturday, August 10.

One of the suspects was wearing a light grey hooded top, light grey jogging bottoms and dark trainers.

The other was dressed all in black with a black hat on.

Detectives are keen to identify and speak to the two men in the CCTV stills.

If you recognise either of the men in the frame, call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6843 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.