Police appeal for information following an attempted robbery in Runcorn Date published: 18th September 2017 1.32pm

Detectives investigating an attempted robbery in Runcorn are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 12.50pm on Wednesday, 13 September an offender, brandishing a knife, entered a florist on Balfour Street and shouted at a member of staff to hand over cash from the till.

The offender was disturbed by another member of staff causing him to flee from the shop empty handed. He then left with a man who was outside the florist keeping watch.

The offender who was in the shop is described as being white, around 5ft 8 and 5ft 9 in height, aged between 30 and 35, of a thin build with short dark brown or black hair. He was wearing a black zipped up coat and spoke with a strong Liverpool accent.

The man stood outside the florist is described as around 5ft 7 to 5ft 8 in height, of a slim build and aged 20 to 30. He was wearing plain grey waterproof jacket with the hood up, dark or black denim jeans and had a plain black rucksack with both shoulders straps on his shoulders.

 A 31-year-old man from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 428 of 13 September.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.