Blackpool armed robbery leaves petrol station staff 'extremely shaken' as police hunt for knifeman

A man who stormed into a Blackpool petrol station shop and threatened staff with a knife is wanted by police.

By Matthew Calderbank
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 10:49 am

Detectives have released a CCTV image of the suspect, who reportedly brandished a knife at the terrified shop workers before making off with bottles of wine.

The armed robbery happened at the Esso petrol station in Collingwood Avenue at around 4.45am on Wednesday, April 27.

No one was injured in the raid, but Blackpool CID said staff working the night shift were left “extremely shaken” by the man’s knifepoint threats.

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The armed robbery occurred at around 4.45am on April 27 at the Esso petrol station in Collingwood Avenue, Blackpool

Lancashire Police say enquiries are ongoing and detectives are appealing for help identifying a man in security footage.

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DC Stu Kane, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a scary incident for the staff in the shop at the time, and it has left them extremely shaken.

"Nobody should be threatened in this way while simply going about their work and we are determined to find the person responsible.

Police say the man entered the Esso petrol station shop in Collingwood Avenue, Blackpool shop with a knife and threatened staff before making off with bottles of wine

“As part of our investigation we would now like to speak to the man in the attached stills and are asking anybody who recognises him, or has information about who he might be, to get in touch straight away.

"Similarly we would like to speak to anyone who has any other information about this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101, quoting log 133 of April 27.