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Preston chippy robbed by knife-wielding man

Posted on - 7th July, 2017 - 3:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, News, Tulketh
The Chip Inn at Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Anneliese Hilton
The Chip Inn at Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Anneliese Hilton

A knife-point robbery at a Preston chippy has sparked a police appeal for witnesses.

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A man wearing a dark mask covering the lower part of his face entered The Chip Inn brandishing a knife.

The man jumped over the counter during the incident between 4.50pm and 5pm on Thursday (6 July) at the Waterloo Terrace fish and chip shop in Ashton-on-Ribble.

As a staff member tried to access the till – but struggled to get it open.

The offender grabbed a pair of binoculars and struck the staff member over the head.

The male staff member had £150 in his pocket that the knife-wielding robber took and ran off up Brampton Street.

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PC Richard Shires from Preston Police said: “This was a violent attack on a man who was simply at work doing his job.

“The offender was wearing some very distinctive clothing and so if you recognise him from the description or you saw him at the time, please get in touch.”

The offender is described as white, in his twenties, around 6ft with bright blue eyes. He was wearing a high visibility, yellow, long sleeved jacket with a black hoody underneath and dark trousers.

Anyone with information can call 01772 209751 or if they fail to get an answer, 101 quoting incident reference 1124 of July 6th.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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