Sep 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
POLICE are appealing for information to try and catch armed robbers who stormed a convenience store in Skelmersdale.
A gang of six men brandishing knives entered McColl’s convenience store on Lyndhurst.
The men, who were all wearing dark clothing with hoods and had their faces covered, pushed a shop assistant to the floor and stole a safe, cash from the till and some cigarettes before escaping on foot.
The attack happened on June 13 at around 11pm and detectives are still trying to track those responsible.
The police have released these CCTV images in the hope that someone will recognise a member of the gang and turn them in.
Detective Constable Martin Hulme said: “It’s been more than three months since the robbery and, although we have followed up a number of enquiries, we are yet to identify the people responsible for this crime.
“We are committed to bringing whoever is responsible to justice; if anybody can identify the men captured on CCTV, I would urge them to contact police.
“The staff members who were on duty that evening are still traumatised by the incident and I would ask anyone who has any information that may assist our investigation to come forward.”
One of the offenders is described as wearing a black jacket with a logo on the chest and sleeve, as well as a pair of gloves which may be North Face or Adidas.
Another appeared to be wearing a shiny tracksuit top (possibly Adidas) under a black body-warmer.
A third man appeared to be wearing a coat with distinctive blue cords hanging down, as well as some sort of red covering over his face.
One of the other offenders was possibly wearing a North Face jacket with a fur-lined hood.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the offenders leave the scene as they are keen to build up a picture of where they may have gone after the attack.
They would also like to speak to people who may have witnessed any suspicious activity or seen a suspicious vehicle in the area prior to the robbery.
A spokesman for Martin McColl’s said the company did not comment on such cases and that the issue was a matter for the police.
Anybody with any information regarding the armed robbery can contact police on 101, quoting log reference number 1636 of June 13, or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and those giving details will not go to court.