Appeal after man robbed at knifepoint in Runcorn Date published: 20th February 2019 2.57pm

Detectives are urging members of the public to come forward with information after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Runcorn.

The 35-year-old victim was walking alone when the incident occurred shortly before 6.30pm on Sunday 17 February.

Travelling from the direction of the Asda supermarket on West Lane, he had walked over the footbridge which crosses the Central Expressway when two males caught up to him from behind on a footpath that runs between the busway and Runcorn Spur Road.

The offenders pushed the victim, who is from Runcorn, into a hedge and tried to grab the shoulder bag he was carrying off him.

He resisted and at that point one of the offenders produced a knife and demanded that the victim hand over the bag.

Once they had got the navy blue leather bag containing a black Samsung A6 tablet the offenders ran across the busway and onto Cotton Lane, before turning right in the direction of Halton Lodge Avenue.

They were both wearing similar North Face coats with the logo on the back and had their hoods up.

The pair both had brown eyes and are believed to have been wearing face coverings.

One of the offenders is described as around 5’ 10” tall with a stocky build and his North Face coat, which was possibly a bubble coat, was black.

The other was wearing a dark grey North Face coat with what looked like matching grey bottoms.

Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch.

They also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or have seen, or been offered the chance to buy, the stolen bag or tablet.

Detective Constable Daryl Gavin said: “Thankfully the victim was not injured as a result of the incident but what happened has understandably left him extremely shaken up.

“We are determined to establish the identities of the offenders and make them face the consequences of their actions.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offenders, either before the robbery or as they were fleeing the area on foot, to contact the team here at Runcorn Police Station.

“The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.

“We also want to speak to anyone who has seen, or been offered the chance to buy, a distinctive navy blue leather shoulder bag or a black Samsung A6 tablet since the incident occurred.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath added: “I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area.

“We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime in Runcorn. It is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Runcorn Local Policing Unit will ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the town is brought to justice.

“But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the local community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may aid detectives with their investigation into this incident should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 325036, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.

To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.