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Staff threatened with axe handle during armed raid at Ribbleton convenience store

Posted on - 31st March, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Ribbleton
McColls, Ribbleton Avenue

Staff at McColls in Ribbleton Avenue were threatened with an axe handle during a robbery in the early hours on Monday morning.

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At around 6:30am two men broke into the convenience store and stole around £1,500 cash, cigarettes and alcohol.

A 30-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of robbery, and appeared at Preston Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday).

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Police are now continuing to appeal for information and would like to speak to anybody who was in the area at the time and who saw what happened.

They believe there were people in the area filming the incident, and are asking anybody with smartphone or dashcam footage that could be useful to get in touch.

DC Mark Thornton, of Preston Police, said: “This was a very scary incident for the members of staff at McColl’s, who were simply going about their work in what are already difficult circumstances.

“We believe there were people in the area at the time who may have seen what happened, or who may have got footage of the offenders making off, and we would like to hear from those people as soon as possible.

“We understand people may be reluctant to come forward during this time, especially if they have not been following the government guidelines about staying at home, but I would reassure them that our immediate concern is to find out who is responsible for this robbery.

“Anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant they may feel it to be, is urged to come forward and speak to us.”

Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 165 of March 30th.

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