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Detectives are appealing for witnesses and video footage following two robberies at a newsagents in Widnes.
The first incident occurred at around 6pm on Friday 15 July, when two young men entered Miller News on Milton Street.
The pair were acting suspiciously and were asked to leave the store by the shopkeeper – which they refused to do.
One of the offenders then hit the shopkeeper and pushed him behind the counter.
The pair then stole a quantity of vapes and cigarettes before fleeing the store.
The second incident occurred two days later, on Sunday 17 July, with the same young men entering the store at around 2.45pm.
This time the pair threatened the shopkeeper with a knife before stealing a quantity of alcohol and food.
One of the offenders is described as a white man, in his late teens, with red hair and a slight beard. He was wearing a black jacket.
The other offender is also described as a white man, in his late teens. He had blonde hair and was wearing a black jacket with a fur hood.
Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incidents or has any information which may aid their investigation.
The same goes for anyone with any relevant dashcam or video footage.
Detective Sergeant Henderson Pierre said: “The investigation in relation to these incidents is ongoing and we are determined to do all that we can to identify those responsible.
“Nobody deserves to be a victim of robbery, let alone to be targeted twice in just three days by the same offenders.
“While the shopkeeper did not sustain any serious injuries as a result of the incidents, they were left shaken as a result of their ordeals.
“I urge anyone who believes they have any information which may aid our investigation to get in touch with us via 101.
“Alternatively, if you don’t want to speak to us directly, information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Anyone with any information or footage that may help the investigation is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or visit the Cheshire Police website, quoting IML 1318011.
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