Three men wanted for ‘terrifying’ armed robbery at Co-Op in Leyland

Posted on - 16th November, 2021 - 1:09pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Leyland, Preston News, South Ribble News
The three wanted men

Police are trying to identify three men from CCTV footage of a violent armed robbery at Leyland Co-op.

At around 10.10pm on Saturday 13 November, Co-op staff were locking up the store in Dunkirk Lane when three men wearing balaclavas ran towards them and forced them back inside.

Armed with weapons, including a hammer and a kitchen knife, the men ordered staff to put a significant amount of cash and cigarettes into a duvet cover.

The robbers instructed staff to reopen the doors and left, but they forced the employees to walk with them across a nearby park to ensure they did not call the police before they could escape.

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Although no staff member was injured, they were subjected to continued threats of violence.

DC Laura Lawson of South CID said: “This was a shocking incident committed against staff who were preparing to go home after a hard day’s work.

“Instead of being allowed to do that, they were subjected to a terrifying robbery involving weapons and threats of violence. Fortunately, none were injured, but they were understandably left extremely shaken.

“We understand that the public will rightly be appalled by this incident. We are now asking anybody with information or anyone who recognises the suspects, in this case, to contact the police as soon as possible.”

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The descriptions are as follows:

The first male is white, of a stocky build, around 6ft tall and wearing all black clothing with a black ski mask. He was also wearing red gardening style gloves and carried a brightly coloured, drawstring JD bag.

The second male is white, of a skinny build, with blonde hair and distinctive front teeth. The teeth are bucked to the side. He was wearing a two-tone grey and black Under Armour top, grey tracksuit bottoms with white markings, green trainers and a black balaclava.

The third male is white, of an average build and height and was wearing all black, including a black Adidas sweatshirt, black gloves and a black balaclava.

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Lawson said reassurance patrols are increasing in the area. If the public has any concerns or information that could assist enquiries, they should stop an officer and say hello.

No arrests have been made at this stage, and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information should email or call 101, quoting log 1743 of 13 November 2021.

Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

You can watch the footage below.

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