Hunt for knifeman after Spar shop raid

Leyland Lane Spar store
Leyland Lane Spar store

Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a Spar shop at knifepoint early today.

The raid happened around 6.50am as two members of staff at the store in Leyland Lane in the Seven Stars area of Leyland were opening up for business.

Officers say a man kicked open the door, but he made off when a delivery man arrived at the shop.

“We would appeal to anyone who might have been in the area of Leyland Lane just before seven this morning and may have seen the incident or someone acting suspiciously to get in touch with us,” said a polkce spokesman.

“We were called to reports of a robbery at around 6.50am. It appears two members of staff were opening the shutters of the store in readiness to open for business.

“As they went in they locked the door behind them but, as they were doing that, a man kicked open the door and entered the shop.

“He was carrying a knife. But it would appear that at the same moment a delivery driver arrived at the scene and the man made off.

“It would appear no-one was harmed. But at this stage it is not clear if anything has been stolen.

“If anyone has any information that would help us apprehend this inndividual we would appreciate it if they got in touch on 101 or through Crimestoppers, quoting log reference number 0208 of July 8.”