Watch: Terrifying cash robbery at Preston newsagents by armed gang

Posted on - 28th November, 2014 - 10:11am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, Ribbleton


CCTV has been released by Preston Police in the hunt for a gang who raided a newsagents in Ribbleton. If you’re on our app, click here to watch.

The footage shows the gang rush into McColls on Ribbleton Avenue and make off with £50,000 in cash,


A security guard received an injury to his hip from a blade during the incident.

Police are re-appealing for information from the public about the raid which happened around 7.15am on Friday 31 October.

Three men are seen bursting from a car armed with baseball bats and machetes. They threaten staff with the weapons, grab the cash and run off.

One of the gang armed with a machete bursts into the store

One of the gang armed with a machete bursts into the store

Police believe they drove away from the shop in a black Audi S3 car, driven by a fourth member of the gang. Police say they have now recovered this car.

A second vehicle, a red Nissan GTR (Skyline) was also seen driving away from the scene of the robbery. It was last seen travelling along Ribbleton Avenue towards the junction of Blackpool Road and officers believe it is an outstanding stolen vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Jerry Sturgess of Preston CID said: “It has now been one month since this robbery took place and although we are making good progress with our investigation, we are re-appealing to the public for their help. I would urge people to take a look at the CCTV footage and get in touch if they have any information that could assist us with our enquiries.

“We are particularly keen to trace the red Nissan and if anyone has seen it or knows of its whereabouts, I would urge them to contact us.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to warn criminals who carry out cash in transit robberies that the whole force is stepping up our fight against them. Lancashire Constabulary has launched ‘Operation Vault’ and criminals are being warned that strong measures are being put in place to prevent cash in transit robberies in the run up to Christmas.

“This includes response and neighbourhood officers, as well as specialist teams such as firearms and road policing officers. We aim to target, deter and disrupt criminals who carry out these robberies and we are totally committed to keeping members of the public safe and protecting workers.”

Anyone with information about the robbery or the vehicle can contact the police on 101 quoting log reference 200 of October 31st.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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