Terrifying raid at Lostock Hall Booze Stop is third attack in a year

CCTV images of two men who held up Booze Stop in Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall with a hammer and a gun
CCTV images of two men who held up Booze Stop in Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall with a hammer and a gun
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ARMED robbers laughed as they brandished a gun and a hammer at a terrified shop assistant in Lostock Hall.

It is the second time in a year the shop has been held up in the latest attack on Booze Stop in Watkin Lane.

Now owner of the business Nila Morker says she won’t feel safe in her shop until the robbers are caught.

She says: “I think the people that did this are regular customers here. They are so confident.

“I have had this business for 10 years and these people started stealing a bit of chocolate here and there. Now they have grown up they have moved on to bigger things.”

Just three months ago the Booze Stop was targeted ion an out of hours break in where thieves took £1000 of cigarettes and stock.

In the latest raid the masked men demanded the man working behind the counter emptied the till and they made off with almost £450 cash.

Mrs Morker said: “Every time it is difficult. I have never had anything back. I work hard and this is easy money for them.

“They need to be caught. If not they will do it again.

“They look so confident. They were laughing. They aren’t scared - they are playing with the law.”

Last year McCauley Cook, 18, was jailed for four years after holding up the shop with an imitation forearm for £11 worth of cigarettes and alcohol.

The most recent robbery took place on Sunday January 25 at 9.20pm.

One of the men is described as of a slim build wearing a black hooded tracksuit with white draw string toggles, a white zip down the front of the top and dark Adidas trainers.

The second man is described as slim and was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit, with three lighter coloured stripes down the arms, possibly Adidas, and a grey coloured zip and grey cuffs. He was also wearing black Nike gloves, dark trainers and was carrying a cloth drawstring bag with a large Adidas logo on the front.

Det Con Rachael Ashcroft of Preston CID said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the shop assistant and we are determined to find those responsible for the robbery. Anyone with information about the identity of the men or about the incident itself, please contact us on 101 quoting log number 1242.”