Appeal for witnesses after robber targets Runcorn travel agents Date published: 11th February 2019 1.05pm

Officers from Runcorn CID are appealing for information from the public after a robbery at a town centre travel agents.

At around 10.10am on Sunday 10 February an unknown man entered Thomas Cook on Church Street and demanded the manager to close the store.

He then forced the manager to take him into the back office where he stole a quantity of cash from the tills - including a euros and dollars.

The offender then fled the store on foot, initially going down the alleyway between Thomas Cook and Thrifty’s, before running along the rear of the shopping parade, heading down past Churchill Mansions and onto Mersey Road

The offender is described as a white man with dark stubble, of medium build, 30 to 40 years old approximately 6’ 2” tall.

He was wearing dark sunglasses, a waist length grey Canada Goose Parka style coat with fur around the hood and blue jeans.

He had a slight Liverpool accent and was carrying a red carrier bag

Detective Constable Daryl Gavin said: “The staff at this store have been left extremely shaken as a result of their ordeal and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the person responsible.

“The investigation is currently ongoing and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“As part of the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious.

“This incident occurred at a time when a number of shops would have been opening, so there would have been plenty of people in the area who may be able to assist our investigation.

“I’d also like to hear from any motorists with dashcams who were driving on Mersey Road around the time of the incident and may have recorded the offender fleeing the scene.”

Anyone with information that may help detectives with their investigation, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 318198, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.