‘Knife’ raid leaves store staff shaken

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Frightened staff at a Chorley convenience store were held up by a man who stole £200 after threatening them with a knife.

The male and female employees at McColls, in Hallgate, Astley Village, were left shaken after the terrifying incident at 7.30pm on Monday night.

The robber used a scarf to cover his face and was wearing black jogging bottoms, a black hooded top and a baseball cap,

He verbally threatened the two members of staff and told them he had a knife before he demanded that they handed over money from the till.

He put the cash in a black holdall before running out of the shop and escaping in the direction of Astley Hall and into Astley Park itself.

DI Paul Rudd, from Chorley Police, said: “This is a serious offence which has left the staff extremely shaken and I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward and contact police.”

An employee at the shop, who asked not to be named, said the business had been targeted in a similar raid in 2008.

He added: “Two people were working in the shop when the man came in and told them he had a knife.

“Luckily there weren’t any shoppers in the store at the time and, although it was frightening for them, the staff seem OK now.

“They said that the man had his faced covered, but he had a Chorley accent.

“He told them he had a knife, but he didn’t actually show it to them. It’s a horrible thing to happen.”

He added: “The police came straight away and they have had their forensics teams here.”

The suspect is between 19 and 25 years old, 6ft tall, medium build and with a tanned complexion,

He had dark hair, stubble and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to ring Chorley Police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.