Cigarette robbery at Chorley petrol station

Police in Chorley are appealing for the public's help to trace two men who stole a large amount of cigarettes during a robbery in broad daylight in a supermarket car park.

The incident happened at around 9am on Wednesday on the petrol station forecourt at Tesco Extra in Foxhole Road.

The petrol station was busy with people filling their cars with fuel and others driving past after shopping in the store when the robbery took place.

Police say a man wearing a mask and dark clothing jumped into the back of a delivery lorry and demanded that the driver handed over a substantial amount of cigarettes.

No weapons were used during the incident and police say that staff were not threatened by the offender.

The man then escaped with what police have described as 'a large quantity of cigarettes' in a waiting car driven by another man,

The first man has been described as stocky and was wearing dark jeans and a dark jacket and the car that the pair drove off in and has been recovered by police, was a black Renault Clio.

Police are studying CCTV footage in a bid to identify the pair responsible for the theft, which they believe had been well-organised in advance.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact them.

* christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk