Appeal following armed robbery at Northwich convenience store Date published: 14th June 2019 11.57am

Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward following an armed robbery at a convenience store in Lostock Gralam.

At around 10.20pm on Thursday 13 June two unknown men, one of whom was armed with a machete, entered the Co-Op store on Cheshire Avenue.

The offenders threatened store workers and demanded that they opened the safe.

Once the men had taken a quantity of cash from the safe they left the shop and got into a dark Mazda which was waiting outside.

The vehicle was then driven away, travelling on the A556 towards Manchester.

Both of the men are described as white, around 5’ 10” tall and of medium build.

They were each wearing all black clothing – balaclava, gloves, coat, trousers and shoes – and had hoods up over their heads.

Detective Constable Claire Heatley said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the store workers and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the men responsible.

“The investigation is currently in the very early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“As part this I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and witnessed anything that may be relevant to our investigation.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen the offenders, or the dark Mazda they we travelling in, in the hours proceeding the incident as we know that they arrived in the Northwich area at least an hour before they committed the offence.

“The same goes for any motorists with a dashcam who were driving in the area around the time of the incident and believes that they may have footage of the Mazda or the offenders.

“I urge anyone with any footage or information that may be relevant, no matter how small, to get in touch with the team here at Northwich.”

Anyone with information that may aid detectives with their investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 427492, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.