‘Take another look,’ urge robbery probe detectives

A man on CCTV at Beech Wines, in Beech Avenue, Blackpool, moments after the robbery in which a cashier was threatened with a kitchen knife.
A man on CCTV at Beech Wines, in Beech Avenue, Blackpool, moments after the robbery in which a cashier was threatened with a kitchen knife.
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Detectives determined to catch a knife-wielding robber, who burst into a Blackpool off-licence and threatened a lone cashier, are appealing for the public’s help.

Police said the manhunt for the armed thief who held up Beech Wines, in Beech Avenue, is still very much an ongoing investigation.

A man on CCTV at Beech Wines, in Beech Avenue, Blackpool, moments after the robbery in which a cashier was threatened with a kitchen knife.

A man on CCTV at Beech Wines, in Beech Avenue, Blackpool, moments after the robbery in which a cashier was threatened with a kitchen knife.

The thief, who covered his face with a bandana, ran into the shop and confronted the female cashier with the kitchen knife, before demanding she hand over all the money in the till.

After frightening the cashier, he then leaned over the counter and stole around £320 before running off down Newton Drive in the direction of Church Street.

The cashier, who is in her 30s, was shaken but unharmed in the incident around 8.40pm on July 4.

Det Sgt Chris Sanderson, from Blackpool CID, said: “I would ask people to take another close look at the CCTV image.

“Somebody out there knows who committed this crime and recognises the face in this image.

“The police investigation is very much ongoing and I urge anybody who recognises this man or has any information that could assist with our investigation to come forward.”

The robber is described as white and aged 25 or younger.

He was wearing a distinctive blue North Face jacket with a pocket on the front and the North Face logo on both the front and back.

Det Sgt Sanderson added: “This man’s North Face jacket is very distinctive and I am confident someone will have seen it before.

“I’d urge anyone with information to contact police on 101 quoting log reference LC-20130704-1449 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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