Two balaclava-clad men armed with hammer rob Spar shop after threatening staff in Chorley

Two balaclava-clad men wielding a hammer stole cash and cigarettes after threatening staff during a robbery at a Spar store in Chorley.

Friday, 3rd December 2021, 7:45 am

Police were called to a report of a robbery at the Spar store in Wood Lane, Heskin at around 9pm on Wednesday (December 1).

It was reported two masked men had stormed into the shop before threatening two members of staff with a hammer.

The offenders then stole a "small quantity of cash and cigarettes" before fleeing the scene.

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Detectives believe they may have driven off in a blue vehicle.

No arrests were reported but police said enquiries were ongoing.

DC Philip Hampson, from Chorley CID, said: "This is a shocking incident which must have been terrifying for the victims who were threatened by these men in their place of work.

"Thankfully, they were not physically hurt during the robbery but have been left understandably extremely shocked and shaken.

Two balaclava-clad men wielding a hammer robbed a Spar store in Heskin, Chorley (Credit: Lancashire Police)

"These individuals were prepared to use weapons in order to steal and we are following a number of lines of enquiry in order to identify them."

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Both offenders are described as white, in their early 20s, of medium build and were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing.

They also spoke with northern accents, according to police.

Both offenders are described as white, in their early 20s, of medium build and were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing (Credit: Lancashire Police)

"I would appeal to anyone who think they may know who the people in the CCTV images are or who may have been in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, in particular a blue vehicle, to contact us," DC Philip Hampson added.

"I would especially appeal to anyone who has dash cam or CCTV footage to get in touch."

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or emailing [email protected], quoting log number 1373 of December 1.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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