Appeal following armed robbery at Crewe convenience store Date published: 3rd April 2019 10.45am

Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward following an armed robbery at a convenience store in Crewe.

At around 10.20pm on Tuesday 2 April two unknown men went to the McColl’s shop on Gainsborough Road.

One of them waited outside while the second man entered the store and approached the counter.

The offender initially asked for cigarettes, before producing a knife and ordering a store assistant to open the till.

She refused and the offender then jumped onto the counter and stole a quantity of cigarettes.

The store worker sustained a minor wound to her right hand whilst trying to stop the offender.

The man who entered the store is described as white, around 6’ tall with a slim build. He is estimated to be in his early 30s and had blue eyes and protruding cheekbones.

The offender was wearing a green fleece top with the hood up, dark bottoms and black woollen gloves and he spoke with a Crewe accent.

The man who waited outside was also white. He was around 5’ 1” tall with a medium build and he was wearing a shiny black Puffa-style jacket with the hood up and dark bottoms.

Detective Sergeant Steven Smith said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for all those involved and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the men responsible.

“Thankfully the store worker only sustained a minor injury. However, the outcome could have been far worse.

“The investigation is currently in the very early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“I also want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery and believes they may have witnessed something that may be relevant to our investigation.

“The same goes for any motorists with a dashcam who were driving in the Gainsborough Road area around the time of the incident.

“I urge anyone with footage or information, no matter how small, to get in touch with the team here at Crewe.”

Anyone with information that may help detectives with their investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 363946, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact 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 .