Robber threatens staff with knife

Police appeal
Police appeal

POLICE are appealing for information following a robbery at a shop in St Helens.

At around 10pm on Monday February 1, officers were called to Londis, on New Street, to a report that a man had entered the store holding a kitchen knife.

He threatened staff and demanded money before leaving on foot with a quantity of cash.

No-one was hurt during the incident but two members of staff were left very shaken. The offender is believed to have made off on foot.

An extensive search of the area was carried out and the shop was cordoned off for forensic enquiries to be carried out. Witnesses have been spoken to by officers and CCTV opportunities from the area are being explored.

The offender is described as being white, of slim build, and between 5ft 6in and 5ft 9in tall. He was wearing a dark hooded top and tracksuit bottoms, and his face was covered.

An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness, from St Helens CID said: “Thankfully no-one was injured during this robbery but staff and customers were left shaken by what happened.

“The force is absolutely determined to crack down on attempts to rob businesses across Merseyside and we are continuing to run a range of proactive initiatives to help them improve security.

“I can reassure people in St Helens we are doing everything we can to trace and arrest this offender and I would urge anyone who may have seen the man acting suspiciously around the premises at about 10pm to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can call detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6013 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.