Appeal following Winsford armed robbery Date published: 22nd February 2017 1.30pm

Officers are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a convenience store in Winsford.

At 7.40pm on Tuesday 21st February, three armed men entered the Co-op Store on Wharton Road, Winsford, and began to threaten staff and customers.

The men approached the counter and stole a large quantity of cigarettes; they then left the store and made off in a black Audi A3 which was waiting on Wharton Road.

The offenders are all believed to have been men, and were all wearing dark clothing and balaclavas. They were armed with a what is believed to have been a Stanley knife and an axe.

Detective Constable Dave Walton from Northwich LPU said: “We are currently following a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this incident, including CCTV analysis, forensics and speaking to Witnesses.

“As part of the investigation I’d like to speak to anyone who was in the Wharton Road area at the time of the incident and believes that they may have seen anything suspicious.

“I’m specifically keen to trace a man who was present , in the store, at the time of the incident. The man was wearing a high visibility tabard and attempted to tackle on of the offenders as they arrived at the store.

“I urge anyone with any information to contact the CID at Northwich on 101 quoting incident number 801 of 21 February 2017.”

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.