Police issue CCTV appeal after armed robbery at a Preston post office

CCTV has been released by police who are investigating an armed robbery on the Larches estate, Preston in December.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 1:18 pm

At around 5.20pm on December 2, two men wearing balaclavas stormed into the Elswick Road Post Office wielding a gun and demanding staff hand over cash.

The pair left empty-handed and reportedly escaped along with two to three other men who had been waiting outside in a grey Audi A3. The car was later found abandoned less than a mile away in Brook Place, Lea.

You can read the Post's original report on the armed robbery here.

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Police want to speak to the man in this CCTV image after an armed robbery Larches Post Office in Elswick Road, Ashton-on-Ribble at around 5.20pm on December 2, 2020. Pic: Lancashire Police

Lancashire Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the robbery, but are hoping that CCTV taken of a man in a car at a drive-thru might provide detectives with a lead in their investigation.

The force is appealing to anyone who might recognise the man pictured to come forward.

Det Con Rachel Scott, of Preston CID, said: "Do you recognise this man? We wish to speak to him in relation to an armed robbery at a post office in Ashton-on-Ribble.

"We would urge anyone with information to come forward immediately.

Police were called to an armed robbery at the Post Office in Elswick Road, Larches at 5.21pm on December 2, 2020. Pic: Google

"No arrests have been made at this stage and officers are keen to stress that it is being treated as an isolated incident.

"Any information provided to police about the male pictured will be treated in the strictest confidence."

If you know this man, or can help police with their enquiries, you can call 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 1025 of December 2.

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Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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