Knife-wielding robber hunted by police after Ashton raid

A terrifying raid at a convenience store in Ashton-on-Ribble has triggered a police appeal.

Witnesses are being sought after a man entered the shop in Wellington Road on Tuesday (24 January) night.

He was carrying a large kitchen knife and proceeded to threaten an employee with the weapon.

The lone member of staff, who was preparing to close at 9.55pm, was told to open the til.

The offender snatched £30 from the till and made off on a bike up Tulketh Avenue.

DS Jerry Sturgess, of Preston CID, said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on a small family store in a nice residential area in Preston.

“Luckily no one was hurt as there could have been families or children in there at the time. There is a good chance that the male responsible is known in the area or has targeted the premises by hanging around for some time beforehand.

“I urge anyone who recognises the man pictured and similarly those with any information at all to come forward.”

The offender is described as white, of slim build, around 6ft to 6ft 1ins and was wearing a two tone grey hoody which was lighter grey from the shoulders up and dark below. He also wore a snood or dark face covering, dark joggers and light coloured trainers.

Anyone with information about the incident or about the offenders can contact us on 101 quoting log reference 1457 of January 24th.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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