CCTV clue in hunt for gunman

Police want to speak to this man following an attempted armed raid at Layton's Betfred shop on Westcliffe Drive on Monday, January 7
Police want to speak to this man following an attempted armed raid at Layton's Betfred shop on Westcliffe Drive on Monday, January 7
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POLICE have released these images of a man they want to speak to after a shop manager was threatened at gunpoint.

A man pointed the gun at the manager of Layton’s Betfred shop as he demanded money during a terrifying armed raid on Monday night.

And now police have released these images of a man they are keen to speak to.

The CCTV pictures show the man in a nearby shop around 45 minutes before Betfred was targeted.

Det Con Eleanor Heaney, from Blackpool CID, said: “The CCTV pictures are from the area near where the crime took place, and it is somebody we would like to speak to.

“They are pictured in the area around the time the raid happened and we would like to speak to him because he may have information which will assist us in our inquiries.

“It’s one of a number of lines on inquiry we are following up.”

The raider demanded cash after entering the Westcliffe Drive shop at around 7.30pm.

But he was forced to flee the shop empty-handed after the quick-thinking manager locked himself into his office.

It was the sixth armed raid at a Fylde Coast business since the beginning of December after two banks, a petrol station, pub and a convenience store were all held up by armed robbers.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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